Plans coming together for town centre

Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS)  has hosted several workshops this week , here participants look a the topic of  'A town centre that attracts all ages'.
Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) has hosted several workshops this week , here participants look a the topic of 'A town centre that attracts all ages'.

Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is this week gathering ideas on how to improve the future of Motherwell town centre.

The firm has been employed by North Lanarkshire Council to draw up an action plan and has been holding a series of workshops in the GLO Centre to get ideas.

Planning expert Nick Wright said: “What we are looking for is common stuff, for example both young and old tell us the town centre needs to be sold better to make it more dynamic.

“It shouldn’t just be about throwing money, it should be about making more of what is already here as well as encouraging more activities.

“We are now researching what community groups there are and what activities could take place and from that can hopefully draw up a calendar of events that could go on for a year.

“There is so much happening in the town so why not showcase it in the town centre, we could have everything from dance groups to pipe bands to the rowing club at Strathclyde Park all demonstrating what they do.

“Motherwell is both unique and not unique, it is unique in that no other town is laid out in the same manner, but at the same time has exactly the same challenges as everywhere else.

“A lot of people have been telling us about shops they want in Motherwell, that is not something we can directly help with, but maybe we can bring the owners of the shopping centre and the council together to help create an environment that businesses want to come to.”

PAS is holding public drop-in sessions today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am-8pm and 9am-1pm respectively in the GLO Centre to let people see how they are getting on with the action plan.

The draft proposals will then be presented to the council and other interested parties tomorrow from 6.30-8pm and is expected to be finalised in two months.