By Lucy Ashton
Improvement works to the public spaces around the Smollett Fountain in Alexandria are now complete.
The regeneration works, which have been underway, included wider pavements and new pedestrian crossings for walkers and wheelers and a new road layout improving traffic flow around the centre of the town.
It also included improved traffic signals and pedestrian crossings aiding visitors to the area.
The next phase of the project, which is expected to start in March will see the restoration of the Smollett Fountain itself.
Work will include conservation repairs to the fountain, including steam cleaning, repairs to the cast iron heron, re-lining of the basins and re-carving of missing gargoyles and installation of a new decorative lighting scheme.
Councillor David McBride, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: I am delighted with the enhancements that have been carried out in the heart of the Vale so far and thank everyone for their patience while these were ongoing.
“The works have significantly enhanced traffic flow in the area, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The wider pavements and new granite whinstone footpaths pedestrian crossings brighten up the centre and we anticipate that the attractive space will stimulate economic growth and increase footfall to the wide range of businesses the area has to offer.
Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “These improvement works are vital to increase the safety for visitors, as well as ensuring their shopping and socialising experience is as pleasant as possible. I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and feedback received during the works to enhance Alexandria Town Centre, which we have taken on board by reinstating the filter lane at Main Street and the yellow waiting box at Gilmour Street returned to its original position.
“I hope this investment will attract more visitors and support the local businesses in the area.”
Top picture: The Smollett Fountain as was at the beginning of last century.
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