Community at heart of development

From the start, the local community has been a priority in the James Watt Dock project. In the planning phases Riverside Inverclyde (ri) and Clydeport held a display and presentation in Greenock Town Hall, kicking off a well-received community consultation process.

Rachel Cowper, ri's Community Benefits Manager, said: "We had a lot more interest than we expected - people were genuinely keen to find out what was being planned."

"The response from those who came was very encouraging. People were happy to see that the Sugar Warehouse was being made wind and watertight in the first instance, and that it was to be brought back into use in a positive way."

Likewise, the team from the outset has kept local employers, such as Garvel Clyde and Serco, informed and assured that they are an important part of the 'mixed use' principle that brings real life to new developments.

Now that the James Watt Dock access road has been tendered, community benefit clauses have been built into the process so that local employment opportunities are created, and ri will be keeping in touch with local training organisations to help them make the most of this.

At the same time the ri team is making itself available to keep local people up to date on the latest developments, whether it's answering individual queries or giving talks to local groups.

ri can be contacted at 01475 755080 or by mail at Riverside Inverclyde, Suite G1, 22 Pottery Street, Greenock, PA15 2UZ.

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