Scheme aims to boost local economy

Community groups are going to be asked to come up with inspirational ideas to help breathe new life into under-used areas in East Dunbartonshire.

The authority has successfully bid to be part of a pioneering programme which encourages the temporary use of stalled development sites, under-used green spaces, vacant and derelict land throughout Scotland.

Stalled Spaces Scotland - a national programme delivered by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) - is part of the Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 programme.

East Dunbartonshire Council is one of seven local authorities chosen to be part of this inspirational scheme - securing a £15,000 grant which will be match-funded. From next April, local groups can apply for a grant from the £30,000 pot. Projects will be up and running by December 2016.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “The small grants will help to revitalise areas which were previously derelict or disused - helping to give the community a sense of ownership and boost social regeneration.”

Potential ideas include food-growing projects, community gardens, market places, wildflower meadows, outdoor gyms, natural play areas, event and performances spaces, and temporary public art.