Seven local authorities are to receive funding as part of the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme it was announced today. The Legacy 2014 programme Stalled Spaces Scotland led by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS), is aimed at supporting local authorities and communities to bring underused green spaces, stalled developments sites, vacant and derelict land back in to temporary use for the benefit of local communities.
The successful local authorities were announced on 3 December 2014 at a seminar organised by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The aim of the seminar was to support a broad range of local authorities, organisations and communities to take their own projects forward. It provided inspiration from other Stalled Spaces projects that have taken place in Scotland and across the UK.
Stalled Spaces Scotland draws learning from the award winning Stalled Spaces initiative led by Glasgow City Council with Architecture and Design Scotland providing support and guidance for local authorities across Scotland to develop their own local Stalled Spaces initiatives.
To align with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan and the Town Centre First Principle the programme will primarily look at stalled spaces located within town centres to empower people to bring these spaces back into positive use for the benefit for the whole community.
Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi said: “I am pleased to be able to announce the successful projects that will now be taking part in the Legacy 2014 Stalled Spaces Scotland Programme, one of more than 50 national Legacy 2014 programmes helping to secure lasting benefits from the Commonwealth Games.
“Building on the potential of the original Glasgow project, we committed under the Town Centre Action Plan to work with Architecture and Design Scotland to support this programme with a focus specifically on finding temporary uses for sites within town centres. The Stalled Spaces Scotland programme is about empowering communities to creatively improve their own town centre environments, while at the same time helping to draw people together and strengthen social ties.”
Five of the local authorities are located in the CSGN area, here is what some of the successful local authorities have in store for their Stalled Spaces Scotland programmes for the coming year:
Cllr Tony Buchanan, East Renfewshire convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth said: “The support from Stalled Spaces Scotland will give people the opportunity to do something positive with those awkward pockets of unused ground in our town centres. We are keenly anticipating exciting applications that will transform forgotten corners into show pieces or turn the street into a stage. The ambition of the local traders in the Business Improvement Districts centred on Giffnock and Clarkston and the construction of the new health centre along with the leisure and library complex in Barrhead have brought about a renaissance in high streets. Stalled Spaces Scotland will add a new dimension to this revitalised street scene and we want local residents and business people to be imaginative about how their town centre spaces can be used in new and colourful ways.”
East Dunbartonshire Council is delighted to be involved in the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme, which will encourage and allow the local community to shape and take pride in their surroundings. The authority looks forward to assisting groups whilst they explore and develop their ideas through skill sharing and working in partnership. It is envisaged that the initiative will help to break down barriers whilst encouraging social regeneration through community-led projects and, in turn, make use of unused spaces and enhance the local area.
The proposed Renfrewshire Stalled Spaces Scotland initiative hopes to be able to distribute a series of small-scale grants to local community groups, with the aim of tackling vacant or under used spaces in town centres by the end of 2016. Elected members will consider how grants will be distributed in the new year.
Fife Council said “The development of a local stalled spaces programme has three distinct advantages for Fife and its communities. It helps address long neglected spaces that often adversely affect the appearance of town centres and therefore the image presented to visitors and residents. It encourages community ownership and participation and empowers those communities to address sites and locations, which impact on their daily life. It will help us to develop and pilot a working model that can be replicated or adapted for other related purposes such as dealing with empty buildings within town centres in the future.
North Ayrshire Councillor Marie Burns, Cabinet Member for Economy and Employment, said: "North Ayrshire Council is delighted to be working with the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme. We look forward to engaging with our community group, Working Together For Irvine to identify ways of enhancing and revitalising our local unused spaces."