An eyesore site in Lochee has been earmarked for a new housing development.
Dundee City Council wants to build social homes on vacant land near Bank Street.
If given the go-ahead, it would dash the hopes of a community group which wants to build a playpark and a speakers’ corner on the site.
The Tele reported that the area was the subject of a major clean-up this year after a huge haul of rubbish was recovered during work to remove shrubs and bushes.
Members of the Village of Lochee Partnership have said they are keen on a community asset transfer for the site but an application has not yet been received by council bosses.
A council spokesman said: “The Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2019/24, as approved by the neighbourhood services committee on November 19, has allocated three sites within the Lochee district centre, including the Bank Street site, for social rented housing.
“There has not been a community asset transfer application received for the Bank Street site.”
A video circulated on social media in February revealed the mess at the site after the gardening work had been carried out.
Jayne Kelly, co-chairwoman of the Village of Lochee Partnership, said she believed an open-air public space would not only alleviate Lochee’s litter problem but attract visitors to the area.
The idea is based on Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park where people such as Karl Marx and George Orwell were able to publicly air their views.
Ms Kelly believes a green space in Lochee would benefit residents more than new housing.
She said: “It’s disappointing that the council wants to build houses there.
“There’s a lack of green space in Dundee so we were hoping we could maybe get a playpark there as well as a speakers’ corner.
“We’re going to put in an application for a transfer in the new year.
“Lochee is historic and we don’t want the High Street to be turned into a scheme.
“It’s been neglected for so long and this would be a great way of bringing people in.”