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Shaping a 'vision' for Balloch: What we've heard so far

Shaping A 'vision' For Balloch: What We've Heard So FarPreparation for the Balloch charrette1 is now in full swing and with only a couple of weeks to go until the first event, we re starting to get excited about it!

If you ve been following our updates you re likely to have an idea of what the Balloch charrette is, but for those of you who are new to LIVEinBalloch (welcome!) the charrette is a series of hands-on design workshops where you ll have the opportunity to put forward your ideas on what would make Balloch even better, helping to develop a shared vision for the area. We re delighted to be working with West Dunbartonshire Council and Scottish Enterprise to make this happen and hope it will pave the way to improve Balloch for the benefit of everyone who lives, invests, visits and experiences the area. We think Balloch has huge potential to be an exciting, busy tourist hub which would bring fantastic benefits not only to residents and businesses, but to the wider Vale of Leven. With iconic Loch Lomond, the Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch Castle Country Park, and a direct train link to Glasgow City Centre there are excellent possibilities to make Balloch a must-see destination. What do you think?2

The discussion has already started on Facebook and Twitter and so far we ve seen lots of aspirational ideas come through for what could make Balloch even better. It s fantastic to see so many people interested and taking the time to comment.

The comments give us insight to what people think is missing or needs improved and provide a great starting point for the team to explore further at the workshops so please, please, please keep your ideas coming! You can join in the conversation at

Shaping A 'vision' For Balloch: What We've Heard So FarBalloch Castle seems to be a hot topic with lots of people putting forward ideas for the future use of it. So far suggestions have included a tea room/cafe, soft play venue, visitor facilities/accommodation, conference venue and wedding venue. It s great that so many people think it s important that a suitable, sustainable use can be found for this much loved asset we think that s really important too and it s one of the sites we plan to discuss further at the charrette workshops. What do you think Balloch Castle could be used for?678

There s also been lots of discussion around improving the Moss o Balloch area public art installations, additions to play facilities and the potential to be used for large events are some of the suggestions we ve received so far. It s an important space that helps to link the main street with Balloch Park. Do you have ideas that could make this space work better?Shaping A 'vision' For Balloch: What We've Heard So Far9

We re delighted that so many people are showing an interest in the Balloch charrette it offers a unique opportunity for local people to get involved in shaping the future of the place they live. Who wouldn t want to be part of that? You can drop in quickly over lunch if you re short of time, or come to an evening workshop to join in with others.

All very informal and children are welcome.

If you ve got ideas or suggestion for what could make Balloch even better, we d love to hear from you, join in the conversation at or email


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Storm Frank Update 30 December, 2015

December 30, 20151 by 2

As Storm Frank moved in across the area, a multi-agency meeting was held to discuss the actions required. An Amber Rain alert remains in force until 3pm, however the heaviest rains have now passed in our area.


  • Gruggies burn has dropped below the flooding threshold and continues to reduce in size/volume.
  • The flood alleviation scheme at Garshake has prevented significant flooding in the Round Riding Road area.
  • There are local flooding issues in Linnvale, Whitecrook and some road closures remain in place on the A811 and A814.
  • High tide is around 3pm this afternoon; SEPA have issued flood warnings for Dumbarton East, Central and Common.

Actions Undertaken:

  • The multi-agency response has assisted the community in preventing property flooding in Dumbarton East.
  • The precautionary Rest Centre has been stood down.
  • Following dialogue with SEPA we have provided a form of words for the Dumbarton East Flood Warning. This recommends that flood defences remain in place in case Gruggies Burn responds to the high tide.
  • Direct messaging with community council contacts has reinforced this.
  • Multi-Agency oversight of the situation in Dumbarton East will continue until high tide. Warning signs in Dumbarton Central and East will alert residents to this afternoons high tide.
  • Following High-Tide this will become a recovery operation led by Neighbourhgood Services to effect clean up of the area.
  • Neighbourhood services will turn their attention to lower priority flooding issues in the area and reopen affected roads when safe to do so.
  • 12 private properties in Levenhowe Gardens and Levenhowe Road in Jamestown have been affected by flooding, however, the residents have not required to be evacuated.

The multi-agency resilience group will continue to update each other on a regular basis as we continue to monitor the ongoing situation. Given the likely response of Loch Lomond and the River Leven to the rainfall, a daily monitoring regime will be put in place for the Bonhill Bridge area.

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