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Vacant city land to get makeover

Flowerbed
Temporary landscaping could be carried out at some vacant sites

Development sites in Glasgow left empty by the onset of the credit crunch could be temporarily turned into green space.

The city council believes the approach will create a "better environment" for local people and potential investors awaiting an economic recovery.

Owners of empty buildings could also be encouraged to allow empty window space to be used for displays.

These would showcase some of Glasgow's art and design, commercial and innovation capabilities.

The council adopted the stance following a motion put forward by Bailie Dr Nina Baker.

'Good environment'

She said: "Although there is a substantial amount of new development activity under way in the city, it is recognised that the current financial downturn will put a number of planned projects on temporary hold.

"This is regrettable, but entirely understandable given current market conditions.

"Some developments will be delayed, undeveloped sites will be fenced off and buildings awaiting redevelopment lie empty until market conditions improve.

"In the meantime, it is important that Glasgow presents a good environment to residents, visitors and potential investors."

The council said it hoped to work with site and property owners to carry out temporary landscaping of vacant sites.

The aim is "to create simple and well-maintained grassed areas that will be open to the public".

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