Community of Cumbernauld asked for views on local town centre
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:29 GMT on Monday 4th February, 2013.
Picture is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

THE community of Cumbernauld are being asked to help build the council’s plan for the future of Cumbernauld town centre.

As part of the consultation process to help construct the council’s Town Centre Framework, North Lanarkshire Council will be holding a week-long display and drop-in sessions.

From Monday 4th to Saturday 9th February, at 16 Teviot Walk in Cumbernauld Shopping Centre, residents and businesses will be able to give their opinions on the town centre; what is positive about it and what needs to be improved.

The public will be able to look at the display and give comments all week and council officers will be on hand between 12.00pm and 2.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday; and between 12noon and 2pm on Saturday.

A computer terminal with a customer perception survey on Cumbernauld town centre will also be available for people to complete, as the council prepares to develop a new Cumbernauld Town Centre Framework and Action Plan for the coming decade.

In addition to this drop-in event, there will be a second round of consultation workshops and events with local businesses, community groups and the public throughout March. They will allow discussion about the key issues and options for Cumbernauld town centre identified through the survey work and health check, and to consult on the first draft framework and action plan. Full details of these events will be provided once available.

"We have received useful feedback from the people of Cumbernauld during the first stage of our consultation on the town centre framework," said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee. "This has helped inform the first draft of the framework and I hope more people will take the opportunity to hear more about our plans and give their views at the drop-in sessions. It's important that the framework takes into account the needs and opinions of local residents and businesses who actually use the town centre."

The framework and action plan will set out a plan for the future of the town centre 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.
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