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Better shops, bus station and more accountability; Cumbernauld speaks out on Town Centre

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:38 GMT on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013.

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26-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Cumbernauld Town Centre; Picture shows Cumbernauld Town Centre, as viewed from Seafar-Cabrain footbridge.
What would you like the future to be, public and businesses were asked. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

CONSULTATION responses from both members of the public and businesses about the prospective future of Cumbernauld town centre have been made public.

In two consultation exercises, undertaken by North Lanarkshire Council between September and November, last year, businesses and customers were asked to set out their perceptions about Cumbernauld town centre, and what could be better. 

The exercise was undertaken in order to help North Lanarkshire Council map out their Town Centre Framework and Action Plan for Cumbernauld Town Centre, with a council spokesperson saying that the responses will help the council’s vision to better North Lanarkshire town centres.

The spokesperson added: “The information people gave us will help us to assess the town centre's vitality and viability. The Town Centre Frameworks will guide management and change and make our town centres more resilient.”

As part of the overall consultation period, three group workshop sessions were held, the first on 5th November 2012; the second on 10th November 2012; and, the third on 18th February 2013. 

The three workshops were followed up by drop-in sessions between 4th and 9th February, this year. 

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Throughout all of the workshops – except this year’s – and the February drop-in sessions, participants were asked four questions:

  1. What is good about Cumbernauld town centre?
  2. What do you feel are the main problems with Cumbernauld town centre?
  3. How would you like to see Cumbernauld town centre in 10 years time? What is your vision for the future?
  4. What changes need to happen? What role can you play in making this future happen?

Between the drop-in sessions and the November workshops, a number of good points were identified; mainly that the town centre is central, indoors, with good access and car parking facilities. 

When asked about the main problems facing the town centre respondents indicated that it was a poor environment, with a lack of maintenance, a poor variety of shops, with multiple owners, empty units and space, with no central point.

Respondents, though, said that – in ten years – they would want to see a more aesthetically pleasing town centre, with more focussed redevelopment, a better bus station, car parking and shops, alongside better facilities and maintained environment.

Then respondents were quizzed about what they would like to see change. The key answers came across that locals wanted one owners, or more closely tied owners, working together to create a better shopping, with better public transport services, indoor facilities, with a better range of shops and better accountability from key town centre stakeholders.

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