Renfrewshire Council supports the work of the GCV Green Network Partnership as a regional expression of the CSGN principles of partnership working.
In addition the Council seeks to:
- Ensure the Green Network is integrated, as appropriate, into development plans, development frameworks, masterplans and design briefs.
- Promote connectivity and multi-functional use of all types of greenspace.
- Identify opportunities and priority areas for Green Network enhancement and target available resources.
Renfrewshire Council policy documents that support the aims of the CSGN include:
The adopted Renfrewshire Local Development Plan (LDP) provides a policy framework that seeks to strengthen and develop the multifunctional role of the green network within Renfrewshire. The Council has worked within the context of the GCV Green Network Partnership to identify short, medium and long term priorities to augment the strategic level green network and enhance the aims and function of the CSGN. The LDP Supplementary Guidance supports and promotes development contributing to the Green Network.
‘Renfrewshire’s Places’ Residential Design Guide sets out the considerations to be addressed in the delivery of successful sustainable places in Renfrewshire using local examples. The guidance supports the CSGN vision by encouraging the creation of attractive and usable open spaces within new residential developments; emphasising the important role of retaining and enhancing natural features in creating places with a unique character; and recommending the use of integrated green infrastructure in placemaking, to maximise the benefits of water management systems for recreation, biodiversity as well as sustainable drainage.
Work has begun on developing a new Outdoor Access Strategy for Renfrewshire covering the use of all forms of non motorised transport for active travel and for recreation. The strategy will provide a framework for reviewing current infrastructure provision, use of the network, relevant policies, potential partners and resources. It will provide a means for co-ordinating priorities for future access provision. Development of the Strategy will be a partnership affair bringing together organisations involved in planning and implementing access opportunities and infrastructure. Providing a strategic vision for outdoor access, the Strategy will demonstrate how real benefits can be delivered for the people of Renfrewshire through agreed priorities and targets.
A number of projects have also been delivered in recent years which support the aims and objectives of the CSGN.
South Paisley Strategic Link
The final link in this strategic route has been completed linking Barrhead with the National Cycle Route at Linwood Toll to the west of Paisley. The project provides a largely off road shared use route and is signposted throughout. The route passes through several residential areas and provides access to a number of schools increasing the opportunities for active travel and increasing access to Gleniffer Braes Country Park. The final section was undertaken as a collaborative project between Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils.
Erskine Green Network Project
The Erskine Green Network project addresses the absence of a key link in access provision by creating a new path network between the River Clyde walkway in the north and the south of Erskine. Over 2km of bound surfaced paths now run through a previously inaccessible woodland and over rough grassland. Signage and landscape features were put in place to provide direction for users. The Erskine Green Network provides for active travel and recreational access and now links homes, schools, shops and open spaces.
Semple Trail Heritage Project
The Semple Trail Heritage Project aims to attract more visitors to the Lochwinnoch area by linking people to the environment through built and natural heritage. This HLF funded project will improve visitor infrastructure in the Lochwinnoch area through the formation of ‘Heritage Destinations’, creation of new and improved paths and restoration of key built heritage features. A programme of educational activities has been delivered exploring the relationship between people, wildlife and habitat. Hidden cameras filmed the local wildlife and the footage was shown on social media and taken to schools and other groups. Interpretative features have been installed creating seating and talking points.
The Grand Fountain Restoration Project
The category A listed Grand Fountain in Fountain Gardens, Paisley has been restored to its Victorian splendour reinvigorating the gardens as an important greenspace within the town. The installation of lighting, new benches and footpath around the fountain has drawn people back to the site. Interpretation designed by local school children creates a sense of place and ownership. The project was developed to restore the fountain, to raise awareness of its important history, design and construction, and also to provide opportunities for people to engage with their local heritage, learn new skills and expand their knowledge.