Derelict sites to receive share of £5m

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TEN projects are set to benefit from a £50 million Scottish Government scheme to transform some of the country’s most long-standing derelict sites.

The developments will receive a share of £5 million, as part of the first round of grants in the vacant and derelict land investment programme.

They include a project to create a new riverbed and riverside green space in Barrhead; the development of a growing area on part of the abandoned Bellgrove Meat Market site in Glasgow; and the creation of a wildlife habitat in the nearby Easterhouse.

The Scottish Government’s communities minister, Tom Arthur, said, “Derelict sites are often found in disadvantaged areas and can be a blight on communities, holding back development. This new, five-year programme is intended to have a transformational impact and I am pleased to see such diverse and innovative projects benefiting from the first awards. They will variously deliver community regeneration, create jobs and help tackle climate change.

“At the same time as announcing these grants, we are opening the programme to projects seeking funding in 2022-23 and I look forward to building on the momentum generated by today’s investments.”

The first projects to receive funding from the low carbon vacant and derelict land investment programme are:

Applicant Project Grant Award
City of Edinburgh Western Villages Granton £619,661
Clyde Gateway Dalmarnock Riverside Park £750,000
East Dunbartonshire Council Kirkintilloch Community Sport Complex £836,000
East Renfrewshire Council Levern Water Revival £1,084,661
Falkirk Council Lionthorn Bing Greenspace Project £563,621
Glasgow City Council Belle Gro’@ The Meat Market £450,474
Glasgow City Council Transforming Avenue End Road Greenspace £417,812
Inverclyde Council 6FootLab £140,000
South Lanarkshire Council Clyde Cycle Park £411,000
South Lanarkshire Council ONECarluke Community Growing £84,150