Getting set for a Lennoxtown Charrette

Lennoxtown Community Hub
Lennoxtown Community Hub

Lennoxtown residents, workers and visitors are being urged to help map out the future for their village by dropping in and speaking up - starting tomorrow (Friday, March 11).

A design team will be based in Campsie Memorial Hall from 11 to 14 March - speaking to members of the community, stakeholders and partner agencies on how best to address local issues and priorities.

The process - called a Charrette - is part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s ongoing support for the village.

Potential issues which could be addressed include vacant/derelict land, empty shop units, anti-social behaviour, the public realm, cultural heritage, service delivery, social isolation, youth provision and more.

The Charrette will help to create an action plan for Lennoxtown which will aim to improve and influence economic development, streetscape design, service delivery, regeneration, health and social issues in the area.

The Memorial Hall will be converted into an open-to-all ‘design studio’ over the four days - with a team of designers, economists and others there to listen to people who use the village centre and their ideas.

Public drop-in times are:

- Friday 11 March 2016 - 11am-7.30pm

- Saturday 12 March 2016 - 9am-7.30pm

- Sunday 13 March 2016 - 9am-7.30pm

- Monday 14 March 2016 - 9am-12.30pm (closing presentation at 4.30pm)

Evidence and ideas gathered will be used to help secure funding, in association with partner agencies, organisations and groups.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, said: “This is a terrific opportunity to bring together people from a variety of backgrounds with a range of stakeholders, designers and experts - working together to shape ideas and aspirations for Lennoxtown.

“A Charrette is an intensive planning session where everyone collaborates on a vision for development. The main information used in the process is what people say so it’s important to contribute in person.

“It’s a chance for people to make suggestions and influence future decisions in their community - creating an action plan for change and improvement.

“I would urge everyone who lives and works in Lennoxtown village centre - or who visits regularly - to come along and have a say.”

Lennoxtown is one of the areas the council is focusing on to reduce inequality as part of its ‘Place’ approach.

The Lennoxtown Charrette is part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Charrette Mainstreaming Programme.