BALLOCH: What would you like to see in Station Square?

Image of Balloch Station Square

One artist’s view of what Balloch Station Square could look like, but your ideas are welcome.

By Democrat reporter

Residents in West Dunbartonshire are being invited to give their views on the proposals to regenerate land in front of Balloch Railway Station.

The Council is keen to hear residents’ feedback on the proposals for Station Square and on what more could be done to encourage active travel in  and around Balloch.

The consultation, which opened on Monday 26th October and will remain open for three weeks,  will give residents and businesses the opportunity  to give their opinions on the proposals which include creating an improved public space in front of the station.

Plans also include wider pavements, new seating and street lightning and also new traffic  calming measures on Balloch Road. These measures will also give priority to pedestrian and cyclists and create a better and safer connection between the Railway Station and the Tourist Information Centre and any future developments at West Riverside.

The proposals  also include  introducing  live information on public transport links to encourage and promote sustainable travel including new signage to help visitors find the most convenient and economical route to their destination.

Councillor Iain McLaren, pictured right, convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration, and Economic Development, said: “Our residents are at the heart of everything  we do so it is important  that they have every opportunity to have their say and help us shape the work being done in their community.

“We want to hear their  views on our plans to regenerate an area in the heart of Balloch which will be appreciated by residents and visitors to the area. As a Council we are committed to improving the well-being of our communities and encouraging economic growth, and the development of sites like this one can help us deliver on both of those ambitions. I hope as many people as possible will and view and give feedback on our exciting plans.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added:  “I would encourage everyone including businesses to take time to participate in this consultation as your feedback will allow us to address the needs and priorities of the communities.

“We want to ensure that the regeneration of the Balloch Station Square is with the support of all and your feedback will help us plan and transform an area which will be of great benefit to both residents and visitors.  I would encourage people to participate in this important consultation when it opens on 19 October.”

Residents can view plans and give their feedback www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/council/public-consultations/balloch-station-square/

Feedback forms will be available during the period of the consultation from 26 October to 15 November at the Co-op Supermarket, Carrochan Road, Balloch, and The Vale Centre for Health and Care, Main Street, Alexandria  or you can call us on 01389 776991.

Balloch railway station  received £46,000 in funding earlier this year from The Places For All funding from the Scottish Government is  designed to contribute to the  aim for a healthier, environmentally sustainable nation with a strong economy and communities.

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