Work on Glasgow burn to allow major east end builds to proceed

FUNDING of £2.25 million has been available to support a flood development scheme which will allow for major construction projects in Glasgow’s east end to proceed.

The city’s council confirmed that the improvement works at Camlachie Burn will allow for projects such as the £60 million Parkhead Health and Social Care Club (HSCP) to commence, as well as Clyde Gateway’s Broad Street development and various social and private sector housing developments.

The local authority said that such projects would be unable to proceed until sufficient drainage capacity is provided at the Camlachie Burn, with the works set to allow for the required surface water drainage for the development sites.

The financial contribution of up to £2.25 million from the council will – alongside £750,000 from the HSCP – see the removal, treatment and disposal of silt and debris from the Camlachie Burn culvert between Shettleston Road and Biggar Street; and the installation of a penstock at the upstream end of the Camlachie Burn overflow (CBO).

The local authority said that this will allow for the increased flows that will pass through the culvert after removal of the silt and debris to be diverted down the CBO to reduce the risk of flooding downstream of Biggar Street.

These works follow the significant investment made by the council over the last decade to address the legacy issues associated with the Camlachie Burn, including the £14 million CBO – completed in 2012 – and more recently the £7million investment to address hydraulic constraints at Shettleston Road and Biggar Street as part of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP) city deal programme.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said, “These works will allow major projects to be delivered, including the Parkhead Health and Social Care Hub and new homes and office space. In addition, they will complete the work to tackle flooding at key local routes in this part of Glasgow, in so bringing economic and environmental benefits to local residents, businesses and organisations.”

The council said that the works will be delivered within 12 months, with a site start expected in six months.