Work gets going at Langlees orphan land site

The half acre site in Seaforth Road
The half acre site in Seaforth Road

A community group finally saw a year of groundwork come to fruition with the start of a regeneration project in Langlees this week.

The BULB (Brighten Up Langlees and Bainsford) group began sprucing up a dilapidated site, next to the shop in Seaforth Road, which had lain derelict for over 10 years.

Members have been working feverishly behind the scenes securing the funding and materials needed to turn the site into a space the community can use.

There are plans for a large mono-blocked area, planters, and children’s play areas, including a track to teach them how to use roads safely.

The whole community is getting involved.

BULB member and local resident Carrie Aitchison, who was on site this week, said: “It’s great to finally see the project happening now after working on it for so long.

“It’s been a real team effort and we’ve had lots of support from building companies who have provided the materials like the monoblock, machinery and hardcore.

“We’ll hopefully have the first phase completed by the end of this month and then have it all finished by Easter next year.”

The half-acre site, which has planning permission for housing, is classed as ‘orphan land’ and the owner has given Falkirk Council and the group the use of it for five years. The agreement means nothing permanent can be built.

Councillor Craig R Martin also got his hands dirty on site on Tuesday. He said: “This is what happens when a community comes together and works to get what it wants.

“This has all come from the efforts of the women in the BULB group who have tried for years to get something on this site. They have begged and borrowed to get what they need and it has paid off. This will be a great space for the community.”

Help also came from the Stoneywood Community Project which helps people with health issues gain employment skills.