Source: Scotland – City of Perth
At the next meeting of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Elected Members will be asked to approve the Perth Lade Green Corridor Management Plan 2020-25 (LMP).
Perth Lade is an important, but underappreciated historic, bio-diverse 7km long watercourse, ‘green corridor’ and path link running from the city centre to Almondbank.
The LMP sets out proposals to improve the lade, its paths, its adjoining parks and greenspaces can be significantly improved. The LMP’s vision ‘Love Our Lade’ looks to make the Lade corridor and its wider green network an attractive, accessible and loved recreational resource used by people of all ages, abilities and interests. It is also well used as a safe route linking adjacent communities with the city centre and greenspace facilities.
To ensure that the LMP incorporates concerns of those using the Lade, a survey was carried out in 2018 which attracted 372 responses. The management plan summarises these findings and makes recommendations to address them. These are carried through to the action plan and include measures to deal with:
- Vegetation management and biodiversity
- Littering and flytipping
- Dog fouling
- Vandalism, graffiti and street art
- Public safety related to anti-social behaviour
- Path, bridge and parkland improvements
Delivery of the LMP action plan is expected to cost approximately £900,000 over a five year period. Significant external funding will be sought to help the Council meet the cost of the measures outlined in the LMP.
Councillor Angus Forbes, Convener of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee, said: “The Lade Management Plan sets out how the Lade and its adjoining parks and greenspaces can be improved on a sustainable basis, as an attractive and accessible green network. The vision of the LMP can be realised over the coming years and this wonderful green corridor can continue to be celebrated as as an important place for the city, and for the residents and businesses closest to it.”