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October 1 2021

North Lanarkshire centralises services in 5-year town & country vision

North Lanarkshire Council has unveiled a five-year plan to reinvigorate eight town centres as mixed-use community hubs.

Over a billion pounds has been allocated for The Place The Vision, which seeks to address the decline of urban centres by promoting them as attractive places to live. Key to this approach will be locating education, leisure, public services, commercial space and offices within centralised hubs to counter the impact of residential sprawl in the region.

Councillor Jim Logue, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, commented: “Over the next five years, we are investing £1.2 billion in creating town and community hubs, in our country parks, and in essential infrastructure and housing to help create a sustainable future for town centres that will benefit people and communities across North Lanarkshire.

“The draft visions for our town centres bring a tangible reality to the outline concepts and these will be developed with our communities, for our communities, so that we are creating vibrant, safe, resilient places where people are supported at all stages of their life and businesses can thrive."

Masterplans for three country parks prepared in tandem include a solar lighting initiative at Drumpelier; an outdoor education centre at Strathclyde Country Park and a new lagoon at Palacerigg.

The town vision design concepts have been developed by Ironside Farrar and Norr.

A new look for Kilsyth is also on the cards
A new look for Kilsyth is also on the cards
A new town square and civic event space is planned for Motherwell
A new town square and civic event space is planned for Motherwell

Cumbernauld town centre would be left unrecognisable from its present form
Cumbernauld town centre would be left unrecognisable from its present form
Homes and enhanced public realm would bring people back to Bellshill town centre
Homes and enhanced public realm would bring people back to Bellshill town centre

New homes and pedestrian priority zones will transform Wishaw
New homes and pedestrian priority zones will transform Wishaw
Public realm enhancements will improve the attractiveness of Coatbridge town centre
Public realm enhancements will improve the attractiveness of Coatbridge town centre

The town of Shotts would be similarly transformed
The town of Shotts would be similarly transformed

2 Comments

SA
#1 Posted by SA on 4 Oct 2021 at 09:03 AM
As a Kilsyth native its a bit odd to see the town square (seemingly) proposed for a site that had flats built on it 18months ago.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 6 Oct 2021 at 12:06 PM
SA -- beat me too it.
Big fail right at the start.

I fear this is all a white collar make work scheme and progress on the ground will not match the hype.

Regarding Kiltoon -- staffing the police office / mini station might be a better place to start plus filling in the gap sites on the main street and cleaning the gutters.

Basic stuff that always gets missed -- once some credibility has been established then NL can move onto the bigger stuff.

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