Plans for future of town centre drafted

Muir Street, Motherwell
Muir Street, Motherwell

Residents and businesses are being invited to give their views on partnership proposals for the future of Motherwell town centre.

North Lanarkshire Council has published a draft Town Centre Framework and Action Plan.

This has been produced after extensive consultations carried out over the last two years, including public meetings and workshops, a survey, town centre health check and drop-in sessions.

The Framework sets out principles to guide growth and change in the town centre and help make it more resilient in the current economic climate.

The Action Plan then provides a basis for partnership working to improve the environment, facilities and services in the town centre.

A consultation began on Monday to get the views of residents, shoppers and businesses on these draft documents.

Councillor James Coyle, convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “ Town centres are a vital part of the local economy, as they provide jobs, amenities, homes and services for many people.

“They are facing tough economic challenges and to survive everyone involved needs to use their local knowledge and work together to create a viable future for our town centres.

“With input from residents, community groups and traders we have produced a positive Framework and Action Plan for Motherwell and we now want to hear what people think.

“It’s important that as many people as possible take part in this consultation, so that we produce a final plan that will meet the needs of all those who use Motherwell town centre.”

The draft action plan is available to download from the council’s website –

Paper copies are available in Cleland, Craigneuk, Motherwell, Newarthill and New Stevenson libraries.

The deadline for comments to be made on the consultation is 4.15pm on Friday, May 30.

The council are also in the process of developing a Framework and Action Plan to help guide, manage and deliver changes in Bellshill town centre over the next ten years.

Information and comments gathered from the two rounds of consultation events held in the spring and autumn of 2013 are being used to prepare the Framework and Action Plan documents.

The draft documents will be available for local residents and businesses to view and comment on in the coming weeks.

Similar Town Centre Frameworks and Actions Plans are also being drawn up for Wishaw, Cumbernauld, Coatbridge, Airdrie and Kilsyth.