By Lucy Ashton
A project which will see the B-listed Smollett Fountain in Alexandria restored and enhancements introduced is to commence in May.
The works – which will adjust the road layout to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and better manage traffic flow – were trialed last year to give the community the opportunity to give feedback.
The amended plan for the permanent public realm improvements takes on comments received and implementation will begin on Monday 9 May.
When complete a higher quality public space will be created around the fountain, together with wider pavements, improved traffic signals and pedestrian crossings and raised road features to calm traffic.
Works on restoring the Smollett Fountain will follow on from the public realm works highlighting the town’s history and heritage.
The public realm project is being undertaken in five phases to keep disruption to a minimum, and each phase is expected to take 6-8 weeks to complete.
Councillor Iain McLaren, right, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: We are committed to regenerating our town centres and this project will mean that Alexandria is vibrant, attractive and inclusive for both residents and visitors to enjoy.
“These enhancements are likely to lead to a higher footfall and reduced vacancies too, meaning increased investment in the town centre.
“It is important that we look after our heritage, and the Smollett Fountain is an important part of it so I look forward to seeing the completed project.”
Councillor Diane Doherty, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “Ahead of this project beginning we have undertaken significant consultation with residents and businesses in the area, and I’m pleased to say that much of the feedback received during the trial period last year has been taken on board, including the reinstatement of the filter lane at Main Street and the yellow waiting box at Gilmour Street returned to its original position.
“I would like to thank residents and businesses for taking the time to be part of the discussion on enhancing Alexandria Town Centre, and for their patience as these works commence.”
Pedestrian access to businesses in the area will be maintained throughout the works, and any traffic diversions in place will be well signposted in advance.