Langlees group shines light on dilapidated site

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A group of grafters has unveiled a new community space after taking over a dilapidated site and turning it into a play area for children.

It has taken BULB (Brighten Up Langlees and Bainsford) two years to rejuvenate the rundown site next to the shop in Seaforth Road.

Members of BULB, Marshalls Mono manager John Baxter and Councillor Craig R Martin put their best feet forward at the site. Picture: Michael Gillen (141941D)

Members of BULB, Marshalls Mono manager John Baxter and Councillor Craig R Martin put their best feet forward at the site. Picture: Michael Gillen (141941D)

The area has had problems with anti-social behaviour caused by congregating youths, dog fouling, noise and litter. Members of the group wanted to spruce up the site which had lain derelict for around 15 years.

They enlisted the help of Falkirk Council which received the landowner’s permission to take over the half-acre site for a period of five years and carried out the work with local volunteers and businesses.

The area is now adorned with murals, is fully mono-blocked – donated by Marshalls Mono – and includes a road safety and cycle course along with flower, fruit and vegetable patches for the whole community to use.

Council community education worker Sarah Stow said: “The objective of the project was to create an area that could be used by all ages within the community.

“This is a superb example of how a community has taken pride and ownership of an area that has been neglected for many years. It was also done in an attempt to build a stronger community spirit and to help tackle anti-social behaviour problems.”

BULB member and local resident Angela Smith said: “It’s taken two years to finish the project and we’d like to thank everyone for the hard work and commitment they have put in.

“The area now looks great and hopefully it will encourage young people to use it and it will give us a focal point to arrange community events for local families.”