Have your say on town centre plans

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Ambitious plans to transform Kirkintilloch town centre will be unveiled at a series of consultation events next month. Preliminary designs have been drawn up for the Cowgate area aimed at injecting new life into the town centre by lowering traffic speeds, prioritising pedestrian movement and improving the quality of public areas.

The Cowgate Street Design Project is a key part of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan – a set of proposals to create “a reinvigorated heart for Kirkintilloch” providing a balance of leisure, civic, business and tourism facilities.

A controversial junction trial was held in August and September this year at Catherine Street – which was an integral part of the Cowgate street design process. Feedback from the trial is now being used to help shape the prospective plans.

Local people and businesses are being urged to find out more and have their say during the consultation period, which runs from December 1-15.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The project represents a much-needed intervention to help revitalise the town centre.

“This is your town centre – it is your opportunity to comment on plans to shape the design of local streets.

“The concepts which inform the Cowgate Street Design Project have been developed via extensive consultation with stakeholders throughout Kirkintilloch – including the Kirkintilloch Champions Group, which includes a cross-section of public and private sector, community groups and more.”

Councillor Geekie said one of the key elements of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan communicated ‘strongly’ by consultees was the need for a strong, vibrant town centre.

She explained: “To achieve that aim, the council has to take bold and innovative steps.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest in the town centre and its future to look at the prospective plans, discuss them with council officers at the exhibitions and have their say.”

The exhibitions will be held in the vacant Wheel Nuts Unit, 4a Catherine Street, Kirkintilloch, from 10am-5pm on: Thursday, December 4; Saturday, December 6; Tuesday, December 9; and Saturday, December 13.

You can also visit the consultation webpage – www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/csdp – which will be live from November 28. There will also be a dedicated display in the foyer of the Kirkintilloch Hub.

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “The Cowgate Street Design Project aims to provide a more balanced use of the 
area by vehicles and pedestrians.

“The concept moves away from traditional approaches whereby people and vehicles are physically segregated by giving pedestrians more control of the space and calming down traffic speeds and vehicle movements.

“Where similar schemes have been implemented the evidence demonstrates that removal of this segregation can improve safety, accessibility and the overall quality of the environment.”