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HEALING SCOTLAND'S INDUSTRIAL SCARS

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Disused and rundown sites around places like Greengairs in Lanarkshire are to be 'greened' or transformed into prod...
Disused and rundown sites around places like Greengairs in Lanarkshire are to be 'greened' or transformed into productive use through a£20m regeneration fund, it was announced today.

Under the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund, Glasgow will get£10m, North Lanarkshire£6m and Dundee£4m over two years to rehabilitate over 150 hectares of former industrial sites, landfill sites, and derelict housing. Many of these sites have lain derelict for over 15 years.

The investment, being provided to local authorities, aims to repair the sites and prepare them for further development for business, residential or recreational use.

Communities minister Margaret Curran said:

'Decayed, derelict and disused sites do nothing for quality of life, the environment or the economy. They're not only a visual eyesore, but they're a blight on neighbouring communities as well.

'By rehabilitating land like this we can vastly improve the quality of our environment and the enjoyment people get out of their surroundings.

'And in other areas, by priming land for redevelopment, we can breathe life into communities by stimulating new enterprises, bringing investment and new jobs to the area.'

North Lanarkshire Council leader James McCabe said:

'This is excellent news from the Scottish Executive which recognises the major vacant and derelict land challenge that exists across North Lanarkshire.

'It is an excellent opportunity for the council, and lead partners Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire and Communities Scotland, to make significant, additional investment in regeneration projects across North Lanarkshire. The funds will be used to help deliver a range of physical projects that will bring positive social, economic and environmental impacts for local communities.'

Regeneration proposals:

LANARKSHIRE

Within the following areas, specific projects will be developed over the coming months:

Airdrie

Coatbridge

Greengairs (1)

M otherwell

Wishaw

GLASGOW

Sites with economic development potential like:

Dalsetter, Garscadden Road

The former abbatoir, 80 Melbourne Street (2)

Cambuslang Investment Park site

Robroyston site

Sites heavily constrained due to contamination including:

High Street/Duke Street

Lambhill Engineering works

Hecla Place/Drumry Road East

Sites which will benefit from high quality landscaping like:

Parkhead Cross

South Calton

Forth and Clyde Canal Corridor

DUNDEE

Dundee's objective is to deal with derelict land and buildings in key locations where it causes complaint, and is clearly hindering private investment. Areas include:

Stobswell (3)

Hilltown

Whitfield

Baldovie

Mid Craigie

Kirkton/Trottick

Dunsinane

1. Greengairs. There are a number of vacant and derelict sites that form a 'cluster' in and around the Greengairs area. Presently these sites play no meaningful role in the community and are the subject of dereliction and fly tipping. North Lanarkshire Council plan to work with the community and site owners to develop a range of sustainable project proposals for these sites, which can be funded from the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund. This may include new community facilities, parkland areas, woodland planting and associated environmental improvements.

2. Glasgow's Melbourne St abbatoir and the College Business District. Works will commence later this year on demolition and site clearance of the Gallowgate former abattoir site which forms part of the larger College Business District development area. This major urban regeneration site, parts of which have lain derelict for more than 15 years, will now be transformed into a high quality business and residential environment. The project is expected to involve over 6,500 jobs, 200,000 sq.m. of development and investment of£250m.

3. Dundee's Stobswell area currently suffers from physical degradation and a lack of demand for flats and tenements linked to the c ontinuing depopulation from the city. The objective is to generally upgrade the area and renew numerous small derelict sites, to make the area more marketable for family housing.

The Vacant and Derelict Land Fund was set up following the Executive'S Cities Review which found that there was a need for more action on environmental and economic regeneration in urban areas.

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