Climate-Ready Bishopbriggs!

The project will help provide an enhanced recreational and amenity space connecting a community experiencing socioeconomic inequality and providing solutions for tackling health, wellbeing, recreation and isolation related issues as well as addressing localised flooding issues.

Grantee: East Dunbartonshire Council

Where the idea for the project came from

The Council’s Open Space Strategy (OSS) audit carried out in 2014/2015 determined that Etive & Woodhill open spaces did not score highly when compared to other areas deemed to be of an “Excellent” or “Good” standard.  A recommendation of the Open Space Strategy was to create a masterplan in order to improve the quality of both greenspaces.  Furthermore, a separate strategy looking at Green Networks (Green Network Strategy, 2016) recommended this masterplan included habitat creation, access improvements and climate change mitigation to create a robust and attractive green network link spanning the south of Bishopbriggs.  Both Strategies were ratified by Council Committee following formal public consultation.

Twenty four properties within the immediate vicinity of the culvert (piped network that runs through the park) flooded from both sewerage and surface water in June 2018.  This proposal aims to tackle any future risks to properties, by taking into account the network around the site, and determining through hydrological modelling how best to collect surface water and re-direct flows away from properties.  By creating shallow basins and swales this will temporarily increase above ground storage for surface water in severe flood events.  This work would form part of a bigger analysis of the Bishopbriggs area that will be carried out in regards to flood management.  The project will allow better management of the surface water, incorporating green infrastructure solutions for flooding into a large-scale, multi-benefit open space project to increase flood resilience in respect of our changing climate and weather patterns.

How the community has helped us develop our ideas

Community consultation has been vital.  The improvements suggested through the OSS and GNS were formed through consultation with local groups and the community council, and were ratified by Council following formal public consultation.  Up-to-date views were collected from a highly publicised online web questionnaire and workshops to discuss community needs and aspirations.  The ‘Auchinairn Place Plan’ 2019-2024 themes, Healthy and Safe Outdoors and Promoting Pride in Auchinairn are promoted by the community with support from the Council and partners.

How our project fits into the bigger picture

The project will help provide an enhanced recreational and amenity space connecting a community experiencing socioeconomic inequality and providing solutions for tackling health, wellbeing, recreation and isolation related issues as well as addressing localised flooding issues.

How our project will make a difference in the long-term

The proposal aims to address the following:

  1. Increased quality of two large open spaces with little biodiversity resource.  Increased carbon sequestration will be achieved through the creation of biodiversity rich meadows, tree planting and wetlands.
  2. The creation of wetland features, basins and swales will provide additional temporary storage capacity for surface water, which would be removed from the Scottish Water combined system and diverted to the park wetland areas to naturally percolate.  In extreme rainfall events, road drainage can place excessive burden on the network’s combined system.  By removing or reducing this burden, this will reduce flood risk to properties from both sewage and surface water, and provide a sustainable solution to the impact of climate change, according to current projections.

Increased recreational provision and gateway features along with community events and conservation activities will encourage residents to use the park, lead healthy lives and feel a connection with their open space.

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