North Lanarkshire Council open town hub consultation drive
October 5 2020
North Lanarkshire Council is inviting members of the public to have their say on a decade-long town hub investment plan two years on from first announcing its vision.
The local authority has earmarked £3.5bn to upgrade existing urban centres at Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Motherwell, Shotts and Wishaw as part of its 'One Place, One Plan' vision.
Priorities include replacement of all schools which haven't been replaced or remodelled since 1996, replacement of tower blocks with low-rise homes and provision of new community and commercial facilities.
Design concepts produced by Norr and Ironside Farrar seek to address challenges facing these areas brought on by the collapse of retail, prompting efforts to pursue mixed-use spaces, new homes and refurbishment.
Council depute leader Paul Kelly said: "We want people in our communities to be able to access modern amenities and services from quality facilities within their towns.
"We have already made significant progress in working towards this vision and much work is already underway with the development of our town hubs being a crucial part of these plans. This vision will transform and reinvigorate our towns and bring substantial benefits across North Lanarkshire and to our people."
Just 1,473 of 150,000 homes in the local authority area are situated in town centres, over half of which were built before 1919, prompting a renewed focus on these areas amid annual population decline of 0.1%.
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