Driving ahead to create public space and more parking in Kirkintilloch

Public Space at Barleybank and St Mary's. Kirkintilloch.
Public Space at Barleybank and St Mary's. Kirkintilloch.

AMBITIOUS plans to improve a car park and create a new public space in Kirkintilloch town centre will get underway this weekend.

As part of the Kirkintilloch Masterplan, the layout of Barleybank car park will be improved and there will be a slight increase in the number of bays. This will include the replacement of current disabled bays with larger spaces and two additional disabled spaces.

A new junction onto New Lairdsland Road will be constructed and the existing junction may – subject to the outcome of consultation - be closed off, allowing for the future creation of new public space in front of St Mary’s Church and next to the canal as part of wider town centre improvements.

Works for the new junction will begin this weekend and are estimated to last four weeks. Contractors will ensure disruption to the car park is kept to a minimum, with only parking bays along the far side of the car park to close during the full works programme.

For now the existing access will remain open and further information will be made available as to the timing of the works.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “By creating a new junction and stopping up the existing access road just beyond the canal bridge on Cowgate we can help reduce traffic congestion and manoeuvres at that very busy part of the town centre.

“By moving the access to the other side of the car park we can create better public realm at this key location within the town centre.

“At the moment there’s nothing there to respond to the B-Listed St Mary’s which is a real landmark and the canal which is a unique feature of the town centre.

“During consultation on the Kirkintilloch Masterplan, people talked again and again about the need to improve public open space. The area around Barleybank car park lends itself to this type of improvement, giving us an opportunity to enhance an already attractive spot.”

Updates will be posted on the Masterplan webpage, on Facebook and Twitter.

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