Pandemic prompts plans for ‘stunning’ East Renfrewshire promenade build

AMBITIOUS plans to create a walkway on the banks of an East Renfrewshire reservoir have been unveiled.

The proposals, from the region’s council, would see an ‘stunning’ promenade area created for walkers and cyclists at Balgray Reservoir in Dams to Darnley Country Park.

It comes following ‘soaring’ visitor numbers to the park during the pandemic, with the local authority saying that a boardwalk and smaller facilities across the park are now preferred to the build of a large visitor centre.

Under the plans, smaller visitor facilities would be placed across the park – including a café, toilets and ‘good quality’ play areas. The council said that, if given the go ahead, work would commence in 2023 following the completion of the Aurs Road project.

The Aurs Road project involves the realignment of two sections of road, the creation of a roundabout and the replacement of the weak road bridge. The local authority said it will make for a safer, more direct local route between Newton Mearns and Barrhead – with the new walkway planned to connect to it.

East Renfrewshire Council leader, councillor Tony Buchanan, said, “It’s fantastic to see this transformational project brought to life in these artist’s impressions. Life has changed so much as a result of the pandemic and I’m delighted the project is now being adapted to meet the changing needs of visitors to the area.

“This will provide a fantastic destination for visitors, whilst also improving transport links and creating job opportunities. I can’t wait to see work getting under way next year.”