A West End councillor has called on Dundee City Council to use vacant ground to help ease parking on a busy street.
Councillor Fraser Macpherson said the Technopole site in Blackness Road, opposite the fire station, could be used to alleviate parking issues in the area, claiming the council should be “supporting our local businesses” in the street.
The Liberal Democrat councillor has made inquiries about transforming the land, which has been vacant for a number of years, but his initial proposal has been rejected.
Mr Macpherson said: “I was told by director of city development Mike Galloway that they ‘have no mind’ to use the area for parking.
“It has been sitting empty for more than a decade.
“I am continuing to pursue this as the council has a responsibility to address the problem that businesses and residents face.
“If you walk down Blackness Road and ask people, they will all say that finding a parking space is difficult. I don’t see why that should be when there is wasted space right there.”
The council has said plans are in place to develop the nearby Tayside Scientific Services building so it cannot entertain the notion of developing the land for parking.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “Life sciences remains a key sector of the local economy and there is currently a proposal in the Tay Cities Deal which could lead to development of the Technopole.
“The Proposed Dundee Local Development Plan 2, which outlined the land use strategy for this site, was unanimously approved by the city development committee at its meeting in August.”