Milngavie BID company meet to discuss plans

Milngavie town centre
Milngavie town centre

The board of the new Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID), held its first meeting this week to discuss plans for the town centre.

Following the election of a new management committee and the appointment of new manager, Lesley Shaw, to oversee the implementation of the business plan - a number of new initiatives were discussed.

Ms. Shaw said: “The board discussed a number of projects under review, including more greenery in the town centre, improved signage and banners along with increased cycle storage and dog tethers.”

Other plans also up for discussion included looking into the possibility of delivering a town centre WiFi to support the promotion of Milngavie.

Ms. Shaw added: “We want to promote Milngavie as a forward looking shopping, leisure and business destination.

“Associated with this will be the delivery of updated websites and social media feeds.”

Although Christmas is still more than four months away, the board looked at a range of options for the festive period.

Among these are preliminary plans for the Christmas lights switch on and the links between East Dunbartonshire Council and traders to make sure everything runs smoothly.

The BID Company and Board continues to work in partnership with such organisations as Police Scotland and Milngavie in Bloom on proposed plans and projects.

Traders in Milngavie voted for the new BID company earlier this year, following a ballot of all businesses.

Each trader pays a levy depending on their size with the council also contributing towards the project over the initial five year plan period.

Milngavie BID aims to improve the town centre through a number of regeneration projects.

These include enhancing the town centre to attract people into shop and use the facilities. The greening of the town with the addition of permanent planters delivered with the help of Milngavie in Bloom is also part of this strategy.

Supporters of the new company say it is crucial to promote the town pro-actively in order to generate the prosperity that comes with having a vibrant business community.

All cash raised by the levy is ploughed back into Milngavie Precinct and used for promoting the area, improving its look and holding events.

Funding is also being sought from other sources including the European Union.