Glasgow has the highest concentration of vacant and derelict land of any local council area in Scotland. The key reasons for this situation are land suffers from poor ground conditions including mine workings; there is a lack of infrastructure such as access to public utilities; and ownership can be fragmented. Derelict land is a blight on many communities.
Woodlands Community Development Trust has been proactive in working to reuse a derelict site on Ashley Street for a new community resource and creative hub. On Thursday, 28th September, I met up with staff, contractors, supporters, other board members and funders to cut the ribbon at the new community facilities and helped to officially open Woodlands Workspace. This workspace is contributing to efforts across the city to bring about the transformation of derelict sites.
View of the Woodlands Workspace.
The workspace will facilitate economic development and support investment in the Woodlands area. We have seen the closure of the Willowbank Primary School and relocation of the Scottish Ballet School outwith the area in recent years. The opening of the new facilities for the benefit of the community of Woodlands is the beginning of a new chapter. I encourage residents to get involved in the development of new activity at the Woodlands Workspace.
View of launch programme in October 2017.
This workspace hopes to provide a catalyst for new arts and cultural projects. I look forward to continuing to support the work to bring together residents and groups using this inspirational space. We need to maximise the opportunities to develop the creative talents in the area.
Further details at: http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk/arts/woodlands-workspace.html