The Clyde Waterfront water access action plan stems from
the vision to develop a vibrant and thriving River Clyde, with
people and communities at its heart. The plan is based on a
range of earlier strategies, specifically the Clyde Water Space
Strategy prepared by Glasgow City Council.
This Action Plan includes 30 projects - by 2020 these
projects will have fulfilled the Partnership's vision by
attracting over 500 small craft users, 1000 yachts and motor
cruisers and a regular ferry service along the river. The
improved access to the River Clyde has potential to create over 300
new jobs and bring an additional £15 million per annum into the
Scottish economy. An active water space will also increase
the value of waterside property, improve public safety along the
river and create a vibrant, active water space.
The plan is divided into three sections.
- Foundation projects that must be implemented now to secure
future access to the river and will benefit all river users.
- Early action projects that subject to funding can be
implemented in the next 3 years.
- Development projects that could significantly improve access
but which require further work to confirm lead partner, demand,
costs and funding sources.
The water access action plan has now been developed and specific
projects are developing. These include:
Clyde Waterfront, Glasgow City Council and Clydeport have
jointly funded consultants to suggest ways in which the management
of the Clyde for leisure craft can be improved. The aim is to
bring marketing, control of pontoons, control of the bridges and
other items that relate to leisure craft activity under one
Scottish Enterprise invited expressions of interest in marine
based development of the Canting Basin and a preferred
developer has now been chosen.
New pontoons are now in place at Water Row, Govan and Yorkhill Quay near the
Riverside Museum. Kelvin Harbour has a new slipway
annd other services. Glasgow City Council is working to develop
further pontoons at Dixon Street and Springfield Quay.
Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and Clyde
Waterfront are to appoint consultants to investigate the
possibility of using the old Erskine ferry slips as access points
for small craft.
Clyde Waterfront is working with Glasgow to create an access
point for small craft below the Barrage in Glasgow Green.
This will be the first access point suitable for small craft
(kayaks, canoes etc) in the City Centre.
The upper Clyde now features in "Welcome Anchorages 2010" which
is widely circulated at yachting events. Clyde Waterfront is
endeavouring to encourage chart makers to include the upper Clyde
in their products.
The water access action plan has been developed and is