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Plains Community Futures, North Lanarkshire Council and Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) are working together to create a new public open space in Plains, North Lanarkshire. 

The formal football pitch and surrounding land offers opportunities for a range of landscape uses such as tree planting, habitat management and footpath improvements and if approved would offer a valuable asset for local residents and schools. 

Part of the proposed plans include developing one or more features on the site with ideas including climbing boulders and dry-stone structures already put forward.

A consultation is already underway on the Plains Community Futures Facebook page which includes a short questionnaire.  Copies of this will also be available this week in various outlets around the village. 

Members of the public are also invited to hear more about the proposed plans at a consultation session on Tuesday 14 November at Plains Community Centre. The drop in session will be held between 3pm to 8pm and representatives from the above organisations will be available to discuss the plans

George McCutcheon, chair of the Plains Community Futures, said: “Plains Community Futures is looking to change and enhance the landscape of Plains Village. Working in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust and North Lanarkshire Council, we have ongoing plans to develop the new Stanrigg Park.

“This will improve the redundant water logged football park. Ideas for the new park include climbing boulders, upgraded paths and a new woodland area and I would urge residents to complete the online survey or return the questionnaire to one of the local shops. This is a one-off opportunity to make our village a more family oriented place to live and visit”.

Mike Batley, Development Officer with CSGNT, said: “Plains Community Futures is already doing a terrific job in making a difference to the local environment in Plains.  It’s great to be able to support them in this initiative, which would develop a real asset for the community.”