Local views sought on Cumbernauld's town centre

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:34 GMT on Friday, 14th September 2012.


CUMBERNAULD’S residents are being asked for their views on improving our town’s Cumbernauld town centre.

North Lanarkshire Council have announced that they will be starting a major consultation to inform the new Town Centre Framework and Action Plans.

In addition to Cumbernauld town centre, residents in Coatbridge will also have their opinions requested.

These will form the blueprint for the town centres over the next five to ten years and will include issues such as the design quality and character of the area, accessibility and movement in and around the town centre, development opportunities, conservation and regeneration of local features as well as management, business support, marketing and promotion.

From 10th September to 6th October, traders, residents and visitors will be asked to take a few minutes to complete a short survey using computer terminals located in various local buildings.

In Coatbridge the terminals will be at the council offices in Kildonan Street, the Buchanan Centre on Main Street, Tesco and Asda.

In Cumbernauld they will be located at the library, Cumbernauld College, the Tryst Sports Centre, LINK Community Education Centre, council offices in Fleming House, Tesco and Asda.

The survey can also be completed on-line between 17 September and 9 November.

“We want to hear from the people who use their town centres and find out what is good and bad, what and when they use it and what changes they would like to see,” said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee.

“The council has already carried out significant improvements in both town centres and now we want to keep moving forward and work out how best to support the development of the town centres for the next 10 years."

As part of this first stage of consultation, there will be drop in sessions held on 1st and 3rd November in Coatbridge and 9th and 10th November in Cumbernauld for people to talk to council officers about the issues affecting their town centre. Details of these events, and others planned for early next year, will be given nearer the time.

A review of the Airdrie Town Centre Action Plan is also planned, with the survey and consultation work due to start early next year. Full details of the planned events and survey period will be publicised later.

North Lanarkshire Council are also developing an updated action plan for the Kelvin Valley and consultation with the community will begin in November 2012. Full details will be provided nearer the time. A review of the Kilsyth Town Centre Action Plan is also due to start early next year.