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Community-led project transforms Dundee Street

The development of Craigie Street Pocket Park has been credited with transforming a Dundee street and tackling social isolation.

The project was a partnership between Sustrans, Scottish Water, and community group the Stobswell Forum and Dundee City Council. It delivered a new pocket park and streetscape enhancements in the Albert Street area. 

Previously perceived as being dull and grey due to the prevalence of high stone tenements, the project created a high-quality pocket park in Craigie Street, closing off part of the street to vehicles and introducing Dundee’s first rain garden to address rainwater run-off, new seating, signage and cycle parking. The park also features new street furniture and a mural by the Welcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at the University of Dundee

Complementary works were also completed in other locations along the shopping street to improve pedestrian access and increase safety, benefiting those who live and work in the area.

The improvements have introduced vibrancy and colour to the area, and provided a meeting area to help tackle social isolation whilst promoting Albert Street shopping area as a progressive retail location.

Such has been its impact that the project was presented with the Streets and Spaces category honour at the 2023 Scotland Loves Local Awards, which were held at the V&A in Dundee.

The Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bill Cambpell, spoke at the event about what can be achieved through partnership working and ahsared commitment to improving both localities and lives.