Hundreds of people recently took the time to have their say on potential improvements in Bishopbriggs.
The Bishopbriggs Town Centre Public Realm Plan consultation ran over the summer, with 750 people responding - answering over 6,340 questions and providing more than 1,000 detailed comments.
- The road network was identified as a significant barrier to pedestrian movement within the town, with a need to improve opportunities for active travel
- 84% thought it was important to create more public space in the town centre, while 78% were in favour of outdoor seating/spaces for cafés and restaurants
- 75% wanted to see more ‘greenery’ (such as shrubs and trees).
An interim report has been produced by the Council's design team - available from Bishopbriggs City Deal webpage, along with a breakdown of consultation results.
The Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan is a key part of the Council's £34.88 million City Deal Place and Growth Programme approved last year by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.
Assessment of traffic flows will now take place - looking at the current network and what might be realistically achievable for the town.
The results of that - combined with analysis and consultation responses - will help the Council develop a Draft Public Realm Plan for consultation next year.
Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, said, "Sincere thanks to all those who took the time to share their views and aspirations for the town centre. We're delighted that so many are in support of the City Deal project to improve Bishopbriggs."
Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "The information gathered has been invaluable and will help to steer the Public Realm Plan when the project moves into the next stage. Consultation will take place in 2022 - look out for details in the coming months."
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The City Deal project - in conjunction with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Glasgow City Council - will see an integrated approach to improve infrastructure within East Dunbartonshire and the north of Glasgow, with three main elements:
- Bishopbriggs Town Centre Regeneration
- Delivery of Phase 5 of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road and a Masterplan for Westerhill
- Improvements to the A803 Route Corridor.
Both the UK and Scottish Governments are each providing £500 million in grant funding for the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
- The online consultation ran from 21 June to 15 August 2021.
- Consultation also took place with stakeholders and statutory consultees, including Council services, ScotRail, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, community groups, schools, businesses and landowners.
- The Council's £34.88 million City Deal project includes a previously-agreed Council contribution of £4.88 million and a City Deal grant of £30 million.
- The £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
- The eight local authorities in the Glasgow City Region are East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.
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