DRUMCHAPEL residents can expect to benefit from a £5 million project which will combat flooding in the area.

Glasgow City Council’s contracts and property committee are expected to award a contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, on Thursday, who will develop a new surface water management plan.

The contract forms part of the Glasgow City Deal’s surface water management programme and will follow the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership’s (MGSDP) vision and guidance principles.

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The City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, including West Dunbartonshire.

The deal promises more than £1 billion investment across the city region by funding major infrastructure projects while creating thousands of new jobs to assist unemployed people back to work.

The MGSDP aims to “transform” how the city region thinks about and manages rainfall to end uncontrolled flooding and improve water quality.

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It also aspires to better serve existing communities, unlock potential development sites and build greater resilience to long-term climate change.

Part of the project aims to improve the performance of the water flow and pressure of the watercourse at Gardscadden Burn .

At least 25 new jobs will be created as a result of the project including work experience opportunities for 14 – 16-year-olds and those aged 16 plus. Zero hours contracts will not be offered.

The new contract will be discussed by councillors this Thursday. Work is expected to be completed within 18 months.