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£200,000 Programme Of Dundee Green Improvement Works

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Dundee City Council is set to vote today, 20 November, on a proposed £200,000 programme of environmental improvement works for parks and green spaces across the city.

The programme of works would also see new style litter bin housings installed in the city centre as part of the ongoing Take Pride in Your City campaign to prevent litter and chewing gum from blighting streets.

Areas of the city which could benefit from the investment are:

• Stobsmuir Pond (North) - Including renewal of rose beds and work to increase biodiversity through naturalising a segment of banking.

• Dawson Park – Including renewal of sunken garden to include drainage works and the establishment of new accessible pathways, accessible seating, planted areas and trees.

• Magdalen Green - Establishment of trees to continue an existing avenue to the south east of Magdalen Green.

• Caird Park – Infrastructure works.

• Riverside Nature Park - Native shrub species planting and fencing works.

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• Broughty Ferry Local Nature Reserve- Regeneration of native grassland and improvement works to access points.

• Camperdown Park (North Perimeter Path - Green Circular) - Removal of non-native species and planting of native shrub species.

The programme will be considered by the Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee at its next meeting.

Committee convener Councillor Steven Rome said: "The planned works outline a variety of improvements to outdoor assets throughout the city.

"I am also pleased to see the provision of new city centre litter bins as part of the Take Pride in Your City campaign. We are working to make the city centre as attractive as possible and encourage people to dispose of rubbish responsibly to maintain this."

Climate, Environment and Biodiversity convener Councillor Heather Anderson added: "It's now abundantly clear that the climate and nature crisis are two sides of the same coin. Everything we do to support our natural environment and improve biodiversity helps us not just tackle climate change but also make this city be an even better place to live in."

Meanwhile, the next steps in development of a pedestrian footbridge to cross the railway at Magdalen Green will also be discussed by the committee.

Councillors will be asked to approve a tender to continue feasibility work, to progress the design and subsequently procure the bridge design works through the SCAPE Scotland Construction Framework with Balfour Beatty PLC.

The project recently secured funding for the feasibility and design through the Sustrans Scotland Places for Everyone fund, which will cover the £442,655 cost.

Councillor Rome added: "This is yet another major step forward in this project and follows on from community engagement that was carried out."

Councillors will also be advised that the project will require further financial commitment from Sustrans/Transport Scotland to take the project forward for construction.

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