The Strategy in action: A smart canal supports communities
3 Increase adaptation finance through leverage and innovation 6 Adapt the Clyde corridor for the twenty-second century 7 Enhance early warning and preparedness for floods and heatwaves 9 Deliver nature-based solutions for resilient, blue-green landscapes and neighbourhoods Capital funding through Glasgow City Region City Deal, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Green Infrastructure Fund managed by Nature Scot and the 8th City – the Smart City. https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/23393/Glasgows-Smart-Canal-is-a-first-for- Europe
Fig. 19. The Smart Canal, North Glasgow. Credit: SC/GCC.
Unlocking community regeneration Development of a smart canal on the Forth & Clyde Canal unlocks five regeneration sites in North Glasgow. This area was previously at risk from flooding due to overflowing sewage systems and surface water runoff. The Smart Canal reduces flood risk by managing surface water. In doing so it is bringing forward development possibilities in five regeneration sites—which were previously vacant and derelict—into productive use such as housing, a school campus, retail and parks. “The key benefit to communities is the regeneration of these areas, taking away the blight of vacant and derelict land. It also improves connectivity to the blue-green corridor along the canal for active travel and recreation. Investment into the canal gives it additional purpose,
helping to safeguard the future, and maintain the corridor for these communities.” David Hay, Group Manager – Engineering, Project Management & Design, Glasgow City Council
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