Don’t stall if you have a brilliant idea

Time is running out for individuals and community groups to come forward with fresh ideas for under-used spaces in and around town centres.

East Dunbartonshire Council is one of seven authorities awarded funding to deliver Stalled Spaces Scotland – Legacy 2014 programme supported by Architect and Design Scotland (A+DS) and the Scottish Government –with the deadline for the first round of applications June 5.

Temporary activities could include food-growing projects, community gardens, market places, performance and event spaces, temporary public art and natural play areas.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “There’s no time to waste if you have an idea to breathe new life into an under-used area of East Dunbartonshire.

“A number of people and groups have already been in touch, but I’m keen as many as possible take the chance to help transform their community for the better.

“We hope the small grants will help to revitalise areas which were previously derelict or disused - giving the community a sense of ownership and boosting social regeneration.

“In addition, it could help to reduce anti-social behaviour, encourage active healthy lifestyles, attract business and investment, and lead to more partnership working.

“The council’s Stalled Spaces project team are on hand throughout the application process to provide advice on becoming a constituted group, appropriate insurance cover, locating landowners and project proposals.”

Go to www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk and search for Stalled Spaces.