Making the best of our valuable green spaces

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A fresh approach is being taken to help safeguard and map out the future of open spaces in East Dunbartonshire.

Positive feedback from members of the public and community groups has helped to shape the council’s new East Dunbartonshire Open Space Strategy (2015-2020).

The important plan includes an audit of current open spaces and opportunities in Bearsden, Milngavie and other areas of the authority.

The strategy will help the planning system to promote integrated, long-term management of green spaces as well as look at current and future needs and opportunities.

Some of these potential projects include park improvements and play facilities, wildflower meadows and wetland habitat creation, woodland management and tree maintenance, path upgrades and access enhancement, recreational facilities and allotments.

The strategy was launched recently at the new Baljaffray Play Area in Bearsden. The upgrade of the park - identified in the strategy as a priority project - has been completed and it is now open to the community. Work includes new play equipment and a revamped layout.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “East Dunbartonshire’s open spaces provide a wide range of benefits for communities, the environment and the local economy.

“I am delighted to welcome the publication of the East Dunbartonshire Open Space Strategy - a vital document protecting and providing open space, while also helping the authority to meet its planning obligations.

“As well as assessing the quality of various open spaces around East Dunbartonshire, the strategy outlines opportunities for improving open space. These will be reviewed over the five years of the plan to identify projects to be developed, subject to funding availability and partnership initiatives.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the Open Space Strategy and audit - particularly colleagues in neighbourhood services, and development and regeneration.

“It is important to stress that the strategy was informed and shaped through public consultation last summer and ongoing work by the council.”

The East Dunbartonshire Open Space Strategy replaces the council’s Greenspace Audit and Strategy 2004.