Nature reserve included in improvement scheme

Broughty Ferry Local Nature Reserve is one of several green spaces to benefit from a £200,000 programme of environmental improvements approved this week by Dundee City councillors.

By
Mark Dowie
Wednesday, 22nd November 2023, 12:00pm
Nature reserve included in improvement scheme

The scheme includes parks and public areas across the council’s area, and the programme of works will 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.

Other areas to benefit include Stobsmuir Pond (North), Dawson Park, Magdalen Green, Riverside Nature Park and Camperdown Park.

In Broughty Ferry, works will cover regeneration of the nature reserve’s native grassland and improvement works to access points. The programme was approved this week by the Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee.

Councillor Steven Rome, committee convener, 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.”

Committee members also discussed the next steps in development of a pedestrian footbridge to cross the railway at Magdalen Green. Councillors were asked to approve a tender to continue feasibility work, to progress the design and procure the bridge design works through the SCAPE Scotland Construction Framework with Balfour Beatty PLC.

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

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