We’ve partnered with Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and West Dunbartonshire Council on an ambitious project to develop design proposals for the remodeling of the area around Balloch train station and the village centre.
What are we trying to achieve?
The Balloch Village Plans (Street Design) Project builds on the extensive engagement undertaken through the ‘Live in Balloch’ Charrette process that took place in February and March 2016.
We want to:
- Make Balloch an easier place to walk and cycle in;
- Create a stronger sense of place in Balloch; and
- Strengthen the village as a tourist destination.
What's happened so far?
We have been running events in the area from September 2016 to develop ideas.
Our first event, Delivering for Balloch, was held on 15 September 2016 with over 120 people coming along between 3pm and 8pm at the National Park headquarters.
Our second event, held on 17 November 2016, was split between a drop in session, to feedback on the information collected since the project was launched, and a design workshop, to develop design ideas using model kits. A mixture of local residents and business owners attended and helped ensure we captured views from a variety of local people.
Between 19 April 2017 and 17 May 2017, we consulted with the local community on the design proposals via on-street design displays; information held in various venues including the Tourist Information Centre, Balloch Library and National Park HQ; online via Commonplace; and a drop in event on 26 April 2017. We received the following feedback:
- 1,452 visitors to Commonplace with 112 comments and 15 agreements;
- 115 feedback forms; and
- 88 attended the drop in event and left a further 68 comments.
Our fourth event, Balloch Village Plans Exhibition, was held on 14 June 2017 with over 60 people coming along between 5pm and 8pm with presentations at 5.30pm and 7pm. The event provided an update on the progress in the designs following the consultation, detailed the timelines and process moving forward.
On top of these events, we have also engaged with community stakeholders including meeting with Balloch and Haldane Community Council, setting up a Business Involvement Group and carrying out a walking audit with members of Balloch Health Walk Group and Clyde Shopmobility.
What happens next?
West Dunbartonshire Council will now develop detailed designs for delivery over the next few years. They aim for the first of the projects to be constructed early in 2018 and have provided an indicative project delivery timeline:
Stage 1: Design development (June to December 2017)
- Village Square and Balloch Road West detailed design, June to September 2017
- Procurement of works, October to December 2017
- Station Square developed design, June to December 2017
Stage 2: Village Square and Balloch Road West delivery (January to April 2018)
Stage 3: Station Square technical design (January to April 2018)
Stage 4: Station Square delivery (November 2018 to March 2019)
We are always on hand to provide you with further information or answer any questions you may have. Please contact Project Officer Emily Davie by emailing [email protected] or visit Commonplace https://ballochproposals.commonplace.is/