Parks use proposed for empty city sites

Development sites put on hold during the economic downturn could be turned into temporary parks under plans approved last week by Glasgow City Council.

The local authority is to work with owners to lay grass on vacant ground to provide short-term public green space. A number of potential sites have already been identified.

The idea was proposed by Green councillor Nina Baker, who also called for the windows of empty buildings to be used to display the city's commercial, innovation, art and design capabilities.

"Although there is a substantial amount of development activity, it is recognised that the current financial downturn will put a number of planned projects on hold. This is regrettable but understandable given current market conditions," she said.

"Some developments will be delayed, undeveloped sites will be fenced off and buildings awaiting redevelopment lie empty. In the meantime, it is important that Glasgow presents a good environment for residents, visitors and potential investors."

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