A VACANT piece of ground on the outskirts of Lennoxtown could become a paradise - but only if the local community back it.
The four-acre site at Southfield Park, near Station Road, is currently unused with considerable development potential. However, it is not suitable for housing due to the nature of the ground.
Informal research has shown local people would be keen to get involved in community growing – to help improve their health and the environment by providing a local supply of fresh quality food.
The land could be developed as a growing project, as a co-operative or as allotments.
The Big Lottery Fund recently awarded the trust £9,600 for the scheme and the next stage is to find out what local people really want.
The consultation process is being lead by Campsie Civic Trust and will be carried out by Community Enterprise – a social enterprise consultancy.
A survey has been designed to gather views on how local people would like to see the project develop – whether there is a demand for individual allotments or for community gardening, likely usage and what other amenities people would like to see.
To give everyone the chance to hear more about the proposal and to have their say, a public meeting is being held next Tuesday, February 1, at Campsie Memorial Hall, Main Street, Lennoxtown at 7pm.
Copies of the survey are available in Lennoxtown at the post office, Lennoxtown Initiative, the rent office, the dentist, Farren Pharmacy and Posh Nosh.
The surveys have also been distributed to all families with children attending either Lennoxtown or St Machan’s primary schools.
For more information on the community consultation or to get a copy of the survey, contact Pamela at Community Enterprise on 01506 862227.