Plan to help shape future of the town centre

Muir Street in Motherwell
Muir Street in Motherwell

A series of events are taking place in Motherwell later this month to help shape future improvements of the town centre.

Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS), in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, will run the events based on an interactive design process called a charrette, and hopes to involve as many local people and groups as possible.

To formally start the process, a presentation will take place on Sunday, June 21, in the GLO Centre at 6.30pm.

An informal walkabout around the town centre will also take place that day at 2pm.

It will start at the PAS gazebo in the Merry Street precinct, by the TSB, and end at the GLO Centre, in time for a drop-in session from 3.30- 6pm.

Further drop in sessions will be held in the GLO Centre on June 22-24 from 9am-8pm and June 25 from 9am-1pm.

In addition, four workshops will run on June 22 and 23 at 10am and 2pm each day.

These will focus on four themes: making the town centre better for all ages; town centre living; town centre business and activity; and getting to and moving around the town centre.

A closing presentation will take place on Thursday, June 25, in the GLO Centre at 6.30pm.

Councillor James Coyle, convener of the planning and transportation committee, said: “Motherwell has already seen major change through the council’s draft Town Centre Action Plan, and now we want to build on that by looking at how we can improve the town 
centre further.

“We want to see a busy, attractive town centre with the facilities and services people want and need. To do this, we want to hear from the people who actually use the town centre – shoppers, businesses, local residents and visitors.

“I’m sure everyone has opinions on what they use and what they would like to see in Motherwell, and we’d like to hear these ideas.

“So please take this opportunity to tell us your ideas – big or small – to help us work together and help build a positive future for Motherwell.”

Discussions will also be held with community planning partners including Police Scotland, the voluntary sector, NHS Lanarkshire, Town Centre Activities and Motherwell Shopping Centre owners Chester 
Properties.

The Motherwell charette is being run as a demonstration project, funded by the Scottish Government, to deliver their Action Plan for Scotland’s town centres.

PAS policy officer Stewart Inglis said: “At the charrette, people get together to discuss and share ideas for the future of their community.

“People have the opportunity to chat about what they like and dislike about the town centre, their suggestions about what could be improved, and what that might look like.

“They can sketch out their ideas themselves, or specialists at the sessions can translate them into designs on 
their behalf.

“By the end of the five-day intensive charrette, we will together have worked up a package of proposals for the future of the town centre.”

For more information on the plans for Motherwell town centre and the participation events visit Motherwell Charrette or follow the consultation on Facebook and Twitter at @motherwell2015.