Views sought on Paisley County Square transformation
November 12 2021
Renfrewshire Council has invited the public to have their say on plans by Ironside Farrar for the transformation of Paisley's County Square into an expanded outdoor gathering space.
These works will see high-quality paving laid together with new lighting and the removal of street furniture and planting to 'declutter' the space. Another key move will be the relocation of queuing taxis to Central Way which is estimated to increase usable space in the square by a quarter.
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson commented: “The past 18 months has shown the importance of high-quality outdoor space, and with four million people passing through Paisley Gilmour Station each year pre-pandemic, County Square is the town centre’s gateway to the world. And with us expecting in excess of 125,000 visitors a year to the transformed museum when it reopens in 2023, the square will be many people’s first impression of the town – so we want it to be a positive one.
“At the same time, the square needs to continue to work as a transport interchange – and the solution for the taxi rank maintains easy access to taxis for train passengers and helps drivers move through the town, while expanding the space available in the square for other activity."
Work to the square will complement connectivity with the developing Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland as a jumping-off point for active travel routes along the White Cart River.
A sister project to improve the public realm around Abbey Close for outdoor activity is being conducted in tandem.
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