A bold project to transform a disused piece of land in Aberdeen into a “gem in the city centre” could receive key funding from the Scottish Government.
SNP MSP Kevin Stewart has written to his colleagues in Holyrood appealing for the Skene Street Project to receive cash from the Green Infrastructure Fund.
The development, which has already gained planning permission, requires £175,000 for a complete overhaul of the plot opposite Gilcomstoun School, as the prelude to the installation of new entrances, paths, green spaces and an outdoor gym.
The initiative has been overseen by the Aberdeen City Centre Community Council, which has already created an orchard at the site and put in place new benches and play equipment to make it a more appealing place for families.
Mr Stewart has asked the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown to consider the scheme for funding.
He said: “The Skene Street Project is one of the most exciting community schemes happening in my constituency and I would be so proud if the Scottish Government could give it some solid financial backing.
“This is an area of Aberdeen many people probably walk past even if they live locally, but the ambitious aims of the community council could see it become a gem in the city centre.
“I have written to Keith Brown and asked him if this project would qualify for Green Infrastructure funding, and I am seeking his advice on other ways the Scottish Government could help support this fantastic community plan.
“I would also encourage anyone in Aberdeen to look at how you could make the Skene Street Project a reality.”
Dustin Macdonald, chairman of the ACCC, added: “The Skene Street Project started because we wanted a bench for parents and some swings replaced for youngsters, but after looking at the site, we realised it deserved more than just the bare minimum.
“We have had a lot of support from the community and to have the support of the Scottish Government would be a major boost.”
The development has received cross-party support and an online fundraiser to raise £30,000 of the overall total has been set up.
To donate, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-skene-street-project