NS3978 : Gate beside Levenside Road

taken 1 year ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Gate beside Levenside Road
Gate beside Levenside Road
The gate, which is opposite NS3978 : Strathleven House, is of little interest in itself, but it is worth showing, if only because the area will soon look very different: currently, what is behind the gate is grassland and trees (NS3977 : Future site of access road); however, a new access road is to be created here for the Kilmalid Bottling and Blending Plant, and it will begin at what is now the gate (the planning documents refer to this site as "the existing bellmouth", for reasons that are clear from the picture).

The new two-lane access road will have a single-storey security gatehouse set back about 50 metres from the new entrance; from the angle from which this picture was taken, the gatehouse would be directly behind what is now the gate; see NS3978 : Future site of access road for a view back towards the gate from there.

The gate is shown from different angles in NS3978 : Gate beside Levenside Road and NS3978 : Gate beside Levenside Road.

The existing site entrance, the only one present when this picture was taken, is shown in NS3977 : Kilmalid Bottling and Blending Plant.
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate

Of the very extensive lands that came to be associated with Strathleven House LinkExternal link a portion was compulsorily purchased by the Board of Trade in 1947, and was developed by Scottish Industrial Estates Ltd in 1948 to form the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate. At the estate's inception, Westclox Ltd and Burroughs Adding Machines had factories here, but they are now gone. Polaroid, a later arrival, lasted until 2017. The estate is used by a number of smaller businesses, and there are some vehicle depots.

Kilmalid bottling and blending plant :: NS3977

The blending plant built by Hiram Walker (Scotland) at Kilmalid, near Dumbarton, opened in 1977, and was said to be the most advanced in Europe. A few years later, a bottling plant was also built here; it went into operation in August 1982. Later, after various takeovers and mergers, the company operating the site was called Chivas Brothers (part of Pernod Ricard). Towards the end of 2016, Chivas Brothers announced that it was closing its operations at Paisley, but investing in an expansion of the Kilmalid site; jobs from Paisley were to be transferred there. It was intended that the expansion work at Kilmalid be completed in 2019.

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Date Taken
Friday, 4 September, 2020   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 13 October, 2020
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Roads, Road transport 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3962 7804 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.1096N 4:34.2751W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3960 7806
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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