Milngavie My Way has appointed Lesley Shaw as its new manager to oversee the implementation of its new five-year development plan.
The new Business Improvement District’s board of directors appointed Lesley (53) who comes to the new job from a background in financial services.
Speaking to the Herald this week, Lesley said she sees her role as one of strengthening partnerships between groups, facilitating the smooth running of the programme and seeking additional funding from a number of sources.
One of the first visible improvements people will see is the enhancement of the town centre, in conjunction with Milngavie In Bloom, she said.
She said: “I know the area quite well. Although I live in Lennoxtown, my parents moved to Milngavie in 1984 so I know what issues businesses are facing.
“However, I am also well aware that businesses know what they want to achieve.
“My job is as a facilitator of the plans that are already set out in the business plan.”
There are several broad themes that Lesley will be involved in pushing forward.
These are: enhancing the town centre and making Milngavie a destination people want to visit; helping businesses to maximise efficiencies through co-operation and partnership; dealing with anti-social behaviour issues, and promoting training opportunities locally.
Lesley said a lot of the work would take place behind the scenes, but planting shrubs and flowers in the town will be visible for all .
She added: “Greening of the town centre will be one of the first tangible things people will notice over the next couple of weeks.
“We will be working with Milngavie in Bloom to bring in small trees and shrubs.
“I hope to bring a fresh approach with the aim of attracting people to the town.”
Welcoming the new appointment Ian Lavrie, Vice- Chairman of Milngavie Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) Ltd, said: “I am delighted with the appointment of Lesley and look forward to working with her.
“ I am sure that the rest of the board of directors are of the same opinion and we will be working towards delivering the business plan in the BID area.
“This is a new and exciting time for Milngavie.”
Echoing his comments, Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the development and regeneration committee at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Congratulations to Lesley on her appointment as Milngavie Town Centre BID Manager.
“There are exciting times ahead for Milngavie town centre and the council has a key role to play in working with our partners.
“The Council has agreed to contribute £150,000 over the five-year period of the currently agreed BID business plan – aimed at improving the town centre, supporting businesses and protecting jobs.
“It’s vital we continue to work together with the BID team, representing businesses from all sectors, to help the town centre flourish.
“The creation of a BID in Milngavie is a welcome boost for the area and could pave the way for other town centres to follow suit in the district.
“We are committed to doing all we can to ensure our town centres not only survive, but thrive.