Sustrans Scotland Press Release
Local people are being asked to help shape design proposals for public realm improvements around Balloch train station and village centre.
Balloch Village Plans (Street Design) is building on the extensive engagement undertaken through the ‘LIVE in Balloch’ Charrette and Sustrans Scotland is leading on the design proposals, working in partnership with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and West Dunbartonshire Council.
Between September and October 2016, Sustrans Scotland received hundreds of comments and suggestions via post-it notes at the project launch and on their interactive engagement tool, Commonplace. Comments have been wide-ranging and are fundamental in helping to create a design proposal which will work for the whole community.
Using the feedback received so far, Sustrans Scotland now want you to get involved in a design workshop, whether you’ve been to a previous event or not. The event is being held at the National Park headquarters on Thursday 17th November 2016:
- Drop-in anytime between 3-5pm to meet the team and view the feedback received at and since the launch event;
- Design workshop from 7-9pm to pull together and develop design ideas using model kits - prompt 7pm start. No design experience is required for the workshop, just ideas and enthusiasm.
The drop-in event is for those who are short on time or cannot attend the evening session while the workshop will give you an opportunity to meet other residents and business owners in Balloch to pull together and develop design ideas in more detail.
Rowena Colpitts, Senior Engineer, Sustrans Scotland said: “Thank you to everyone who attended the project launch event and shared their views through Commonplace. We have been delighted with the high levels of participation so far and would encourage as many people as possible to come along to either our drop in session or design workshop on Thursday 17 November. There is still plenty of time to tell us what improvements you would like to see happen in Balloch and influence the design process.”
Stuart Mearns, Head of Planning & Rural Development at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority said: “These events are a great opportunity for local residents of and visitors to Balloch to influence the overall layout and design of the Main Street in Balloch. The goal is for the existing road to be modernised to be a welcoming and safe environment for everyone.”
Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, Convener for Infrastructure and Regeneration at West Dunbartonshire Council, said: “There was a great response from the community to the charrette events and this workshop is an excellent opportunity to hear more about the suggestions put forward and to help inform designs for the village. I would encourage everyone in the community to get involved in shaping the future of Balloch.”
Further events will be taking place in the New Year to develop ideas and suggestions. Feedback from the events will be used to form the design proposals which will then be trialled on street in April 2017.
To keep up to date with the latest news as the project develops, please visit www.sustrans.org.uk/Balloch or to view the feedback received on Commonplace, please visit: https://balloch.commonplace.is/.
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