Published September 2019
By Democrat reporter
Final boundaries for Dumbarton Town Centre Conservation Area have been decided after extensive consultation with members of the public.
The feedback, along with input from Historic Environment Scotland, saw a number of changes made to the previous boundary.
These included extending the boundary to incorporate the full extent of Dumbarton Central Station, including embankments and underpasses, and including only the High Street-facing parts of the Artizan Centre.
The final boundary will take in buildings including 16 Church Street, Dumbarton Sheriff Court, Municipal Builidngs, St Patrick’s RC Church, Dumbarton Library at Strathleven Place, Riverside Parish Church, St Augustine’s Episcopal Church and Glencairn House.
It will also include Castle Street/Glasgow Road, where there are historic rails on the road, as well as the High Street up to Bridge Street and the waterfront area along Riverside Lane.
The introduction of the protected area will ensure that any areas of special architectural or historic interest are not significantly changed and that the character is preserved.
Members of West Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Committee were advised of the proposed changes at last week’s meeting, and approved the new boundaries.
Now, officers have been granted the authority to submit the final proposal to Historic Environment Scotland for designation.
Councillor Diane Docherty, who is Vice Convener of Planning and chaired the committee, said: “Dumbarton has a rich history and many buildings that are worth protecting so I am pleased that we have been able to agree suitable boundaries today.
“Designating a Conservation Area for Dumbarton will help us restore and regenerate the heart of this town, and ensure that no unsympathetic additions are made that detract from the look, or heritage features.
“We are thankful to the members of the public who took the time to submit their views on where the boundaries should lie and what parts of the town were most important to them.”
Dumbarton Town Centre is of medieval origins and the High Street retains much of its medieval street pattern.
There are 23 listed buildings, six of which are ‘A’ Listed, and many other unlisted buildings of significant interest and quality.
Once designated, it will become the sixth Conservation Area in West Dunbartonshire.
Others are High Dalmuir Conservation Area (Clydebank), designated in 1980, Knoxland Square (Dumbarton) and Kirktonhill (Dumbarton), both designated in 1984, and the Lusset Road and Mount Pleasant Drive Conservation Areas (Old Kilpatrick), which were designated in 1993.