Two new Glasgow nurseries are to get special eco systems to stop flooding.

The Govanhill and Broomhill early year centres are to be fitted with smart grey water systems, which enable the storage of rain to reduce flood risk.  Air source heat pumps for warmth and hot water will also be installed at the Govanhill and Broomhill nurseries as well as the new Carntyne and Tollcross Park early year centres.  Glasgow City Council will receive £329,313 from the Scottish Government to make it happen.

The plan was presented to the City Administration Committee last week.  SNP councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: “The grant will enable the council to incorporate technology within the early years expansion programme that helps Glasgow to mitigate and to adapt to the effects of climate change.”

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Labour's Eva Murray, said: “The work on flood risk is incredibly important just now. We have seen flooding get worse across the city and we know it is going to get worse as we continue to battle with climate change.”

Councillor Martha Wardro from the Scottish Green Party, added: ”Progress being made around heat pumps is very welcome and I hope this will be first of many investments we can draw down. I thank everyone for their work on this. It is very much appreciated.”

Funding for the projects is part of the Scottish Government Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.  Councillors approved allocation of the grant.  The new nurseries are being built so the council can provide the 1140 hours of childcare annually specified by the Scottish Government.