Scheme will bring sites back to life

Rosebank allotments - set to benefit from the scheme.
Rosebank allotments - set to benefit from the scheme.

The council is staging a series of special drop-in sessions to explain how it aims to bring moribund East Dunbartonshire sites back to life.

And meanwhile local groups and organsiations are invited to come forward with their fresh ideas on how to get under-used green space, stalled development sites - mainly in town centres -and vacant or derelict land back into use.

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 (A&DS) and the Scottish Government.

It secured £15,000 from the project, which it has match-funded to provide a total of £30,000 to invest in, for example, temporary use of stalled development sites, under-used green spaces, and vacant and derelict land in East Renfrewshire.

Information sessions on how the scheme could work locally are being staged as follows –

Monday,September 21 - 1pm to 3pm in Bishopbriggs Library (rear area of main library); and 6pm to 8pm in the Fraser Centre, Milngavie.

Tuesday, September 22 - 6pm to 8pm in Milton of Campsie Village Hall.

Wednesday, September 30 - 6pm to 8pm in Hillhead Community Centre, Kirkintilloch (multi-purpose room 2).

Thursday, October 1- 6pm to 8pm in Bearsden Burgh Hall (lower lesser hall)

Projects from Rosebank Allotment Association and Bearsden Baptist Church are already going ahead, while discussions with groups in a further two locations are progressing.

Development and regeneration Councillor Alan Moir said: “I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to attend one of the information sessions in Bishopbriggs, Milngavie, Milton of Campsie, Kirkintilloch and Bearsden.

“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, the programme could help to reduce anti-social behaviour, encourage active healthy lifestyles, attract business and investment, and lead to more partnership working.”

Previous unsuccessful applicants are being strongly urged to apply again, with the project team available to provide feedback and information on how applications can be improved.

There will be no closing date, but groups are being urged to submit their applications in the next two months to stand the best chance of accessing funds. If your group is successful you will be required to carry out your project by December 2016.

For more information, visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk or www.ads.org.uk