See the future of Motherwell town centre

The charrette kicked off with a walkabout of Motherwell town centre
The charrette kicked off with a walkabout of Motherwell town centre

Ideas put forward during a consultation on improving Motherwell town centre will be outlined at a public event tonight (Thursday).

The event will also outline how North Lanarkshire Council and its partners intend to implement the ideas over the coming years.

It will be held at Funtastica, 83 Merry Street, Motherwell at 6pm and is open to everyone.

Officers from North Lanarkshire Council and Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) will present details of the feedback they received during the five-day charrette, or community design workshop, in June when residents, businesses, community groups and others were invited to give their views on the future of the town centre.

A display will illustrate proposed project ideas which have been developed directly from the comments and given.

Among the ideas put forward are: holding regular events in the town centre to promote local clubs, groups, schools and businesses; improving the environment in Brandon Street and Brandon Parade South to provide more green space and better pedestrian access; and introducing a network of signs to direct people to key destinations.

Councillor James Coyle, convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “These proposals offer a positive and exciting way for everyone involved with Motherwell town centre to work together and create an attractive, sustainable future for the town.

“They are a direct result of what people told us during the consultation process, and aim to bring more people into the town by making it a pleasant, welcoming location and help boost the local economy.

“I would encourage residents and businesses to go along to the event on August 20 and see for themselves the ideas for their town.”

After the event, the council will finalise the Motherwell Town Centre Action Plan, incorporating the ideas discussed. It will take some years to implement all of the proposals, but the first improvements should start this financial year.

The charrette was run by PAS, an education charity, and the council as a demonstration project, funded by the Scottish Government, to deliver their Action Plan for Scotland’s town centres.

For more information go to Motherwell Charrette or follow @motherwell2015 on Facebook and Twitter.