Squaring up for bright future

Work underway at Barleybank
Work underway at Barleybank

Work is underway to create a public square in Kirkintilloch as a wealth of improvements continues to take shape in the town centre.

East Dunbartonshire Council has started work to transform public space at Barleybank.

Improvements include the creation of a square between St Mary’s Church and the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Work is expected to last until early summer and will also include increasing the accessibility of the canal towpath by making the access ramp less steep, creating a decked area overlooking the canal and developing a stepped area.

The Barleybank Public Realm Project will also tie in with the centenary of the iconic St Mary’s Parish Church, which is involved in the project. The work forms part of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It is exciting to see work begin on the public square at Barleybank, with room for seating, landscaping and better access to the canal, as well as a decked area looking over the canal.

“The aim of the masterplan is to breathe new life into the town centre and we are well on the way.

“It’s not just about Kirkintilloch though - as a council we are focused on helping town centres throughout East Dunbartonshire to thrive and flourish.”

Meanwhile, work continues on Broadcroft and David Donnelly Place to improve pedestrian access to the town centre, due to be completed next month.

The council is widening the pavement from David Donnelly Place to Cowgate, resurfacing Broadcroft, and improving the public area at David Donnelly Place, as well as the pedestrian link between David Donnelly Place and New Lairdsland Road.

Parking and access work at Barleybank car park, which included creating more bays, was completed last year.