Funding to transform vacant and derelict sites

Councillor Alan Moir
Councillor Alan Moir

A series of information sessions are being held to raise awareness of a project which aims to bring under-used parts of East Dunbartonshire back to life.

Fresh ideas are being sought for under-used green spaces, stalled development sites or vacant and derelict land - primarily in local town centres and settlements.

East Dunbartonshire Council is one of seven authorities awarded funding to deliver Stalled Spaces Scotland - a Legacy 2014 programme inspired by Stalled Spaces Glasgow, supported by Architect and Design Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Community groups will be supported and encouraged to create temporary activity on under-used open spaces in their area, focused mainly on town centre locations.

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

The objectives are:

To allow communities the opportunity to explore and develop ideas through skill sharing and partnership working

To provide communities with a sense of ownership and encourage them to help shape and take pride in their surroundings

To break down barriers and access spaces that will encourage social regeneration through community-led projects, whilst also enhancing the local area.

Members of the public are invited to go along to one of the information sessions and learn more about the project, how you can get involved and meet the project team.

Events are being held on:

Monday 2 March

* Hillhead Community Centre, Kirkintilloch - noon until 2pm

* Fraser Centre, Milngavie - 6pm until 8pm

Wednesday 4 March

* Open area, Bishopbriggs Library - noon until 2pm

* Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown - 6pm until 8pm

Friday 6 March

* Bearsden Burgh Hall - 5.30pm-7.30pm

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “The council successfully bid for the area to be part of the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme - securing £15,000, which is being match-funded by the authority.

“That means a total fund of £30,000 is available as small grants to encourage the temporary use of stalled development sites, under-used green spaces, and vacant and derelict land in East Dunbartonshire.

“The aim is to have two rounds - with the first opening in April 2015 and the second planned for late autumn 2015.

Councillor Alan Moir, East Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to attend one of the information sessions in Kirkintilloch, Milngavie, Bishopbriggs and Lennoxtown.

“The programme aims to empower people and groups to bring under-used spaces back into positive use for the benefit for the whole community.

“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.”

Support will be available to individuals who wish to form groups to take forward projects.