The new infrastructure will increase opportunities for community participation in outdoor activities and in the longer term, as the area becomes established.
Grantee: Clyde Gateway
What we set out to achieve
Transform 15.7 hectares (ha) of land into a mixed use park, wetland, enhanced and improved nature reserve, woodland and sustainable transport routes connecting through the area. The project will bring the Malls Mire Woodland Local Nature Reserve (LNR) into further positive management to enhance personal security, improve accessibility and to provide new facilities for outdoor learning and natural play. Initiatives to bring ‘greening’ and biodiversity into the North Toryglen housing areas will also be developed. These proposals will cater for the local and wider communities providing desirable locations for outdoor recreation, volunteering, travel, education and relaxation and bring currently under-utilised land to a potential beyond its constituent parts. This will be an asset for the local community as it grows together as a destination for those coming from further afield.
The new infrastructure will increase opportunities for community participation in outdoor activities and in the longer term, as the area becomes established. It is intended to develop and complete remaining aspirations for the area and grow the events, educational facilities and resources used by the local community and delivered through key groups such as Urban Roots.
Where the idea for the project came from
North Toryglen was characterised by residential tower blocks, deck access flats and terraced housing built by the City of Glasgow Council (GCC) in the 1960s. Apart from the terraced housing all of the housing stock from that time has now been demolished. This project has stemmed from several years of community consultation and aspirations for regeneration which have seen the area completely transformed from outdated high rise stock into an area of transition with several hundred new private and public homes delivered. Through ongoing interaction with the local community, volunteers and stakeholders proposals for the project has grown and developed with Land Use Consultants being appointed to prepare detailed proposals. Urban Roots, who have been actively involved in the Toryglen community for 10 years, embarked on a Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund project in 2018 called Growing Connections (award letter upload ref GIFAPP-035-03 – Clyde Gateway – Toryglen Park – UR Award Letter). One objective of the project was to consult with the community on an area of land known locally as the 'fighting hill'. With additional funding from SUSTRANS, the project has also involved the design of an active travel strategy for North Toryglen (Active Connections). By working together, Urban Roots, Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council have developed these ideas into a more ambitious vision for the area.
How communities have helped us develop our ideas
The community has been fundamental in this project from the strategic policy level, which identified North Toryglen as a Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the GCC Local Plan (open city wide and site specific consultation) right down to local consultations on the green infrastructure proposals in 2017 and 2018 which shape this bid. The community is fundamental to the direction of CG aspirations to promote green infrastructure, connections between communities and areas of work and recreation. CG emphatically supports proposals which improve the mental and physical health of people areas of need of which Toryglen and its neighbours are.
Most recently the community has helped in the development of this project through inputs during engagement events held in 2017, 2018 and 2019. These involved consultation workshops, questionnaires, on-line surveys and exhibitions. Feedback has informed the proposals and helped demonstrate the community’s strong desire to participate in activities following completion of proposed GIF works. Communication with the local community will be ongoing throughout the course of the physical works with a contact name to ensure there will always be a person to answer any queries.
This project forms part of the remit of CG and will assist with reaching Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (listed in under following item) to transform the wider area which had suffered from decades of declining prosperity, education, employment and health issues. These KPIs will lead to the long term and sustainable regeneration of CG of which Toryglen is an important part.
The project also completes the jigsaw in terms of the Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) which will see the final phases housing delivered directly adjacent to the GIF project area through demolition of 60’s housing stock to enable development and regeneration activity. Toryglen is one of a selection of TRAs in Glasgow all of which are key to meeting aspirations for the regeneration of the city and its improved prosperity. As Scotland’s biggest city the importance of delivering on regeneration policy and seeking to continually improve the lives of its inhabitants is crucial for the ongoing success, attractiveness and respect of the area on the national and international stage.
The project supports the aims of many key government documents and policies such as The National Planning Framework 3, Achieving a Sustainable Future: Regeneration Strategy the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, Green Infrastructure Design and Placemaking as well as GCC Local Development Plan and city wide policies for regeneration and placemaking.
How our project will improve the local area
The project will be a key piece of green infrastructure providing substantial benefits for biodiversity, climate change adaption, placemaking, health, recreation & education, water infrastructure and flood management as well as improving the key routes for pedestrian and cyclist movements in and around North Toryglen and the south side of Glasgow.
The project will deliver key infrastructure at two main areas of greenspace one to the east and one to the west of the newly delivered housing whilst linking these together through a third area. This third area will have improvements through GIF but the majority of works in this area will be the subject to future investment beyond the period of the GIF bid. GCC has identified Sustainable Urban Drainage investment post 2022 and associated upgrade works will accompany this.
This project will be a major shift forward to address the previous environmental justice concerns from a community surrounded for a notable time by dereliction, demolition works, depopulation and low quality greenspace.