WORK on an ambitious project to transform a derelict Barrhead site into a new greenspace is expected to begin early next year.

Last week, the Barrhead News told how plans to revamp the former depot site in Walton Street, with a dramatic re-wilding of the Levern Water as its centrepiece, had been handed a £1.1million funding boost by the Scottish Government.

Now bosses at East Renfrewshire Council have confirmed the transformation should be underway within months and is due for completion next summer.
Council leader Tony Buchanan said: “This river work would not only help Barrhead adapt to climate change but would also be an attractive area for our local residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The Walton Street site has been empty for more than 20 years, as a previous flood risk meant the land could not be developed.

Plans are now in place for the Levern Water to be widened and rechannelled to create an “accessible and attractive waterfront that can absorb increased heavy rainfall caused by climate change.”

Residents will also be able to enjoy new paths, riverbank seating, wild flower meadows and woodland.

Council chiefs have said planning permission will be submitted “in due course."