Time to make the most of Milngavie

Milngavie precinct'1/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
Milngavie precinct'1/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

A way forward is being mapped out for the future of Milngavie after the findings of a public workshop were recently published.

About 100 people went along to the ‘Making the Most of Milngavie’ public meeting on June 17 in the Fraser Centre to have their say in a process which aims to lay the foundations for the town’s future.

The meeting was organised by Callum Christie from Milngavie Community Council, who runs local business Frontier Holidays, and facilitated by external people - Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Nick Wright of Nick Wright Planning.

Callum Christie was inspired to organise the meeting after hearing about steps taken by other communities in Scotland where people had got together and identified what needed to be done to improve things and then found concrete ways to achieve their goals.

Callum said: “We’ve now reveiwed the findings of the session and met council officers two weeks ago, so we are making progress.The next step is to meet with the people who offered to volunteer to help run and organise things so that we can see how to take things forward.

“The meeting was great as it showed that there’s an appetite for having a conversation about Milngavie now we want to evaluate our options and take the next steps.

“Now is the time to start talking about concrete things so that our aims are no longer vague.

“Now it’s about how we can create a body that can achieve things and how we go about doing this.”

The top priorities identified from the meeting included - creating an attractive ‘village’ area, a lick of paint throughout the whole precinct, have night life attractions perhaps a pop up cinema, music venue or arts centre.

People said there’s not enough things for young people to do in Milngavie - there’s a problem with vandalism and the youth cafe doesn’t seem to be offering enough - there’s also a need for appropriate leadership.

Many felt that an indoor play area for children could prove to be popular and more covered areas in the precinct may encourage people to shop there in bad weather.

Lots of locals would like to see Milngavie Week being brought back again or a festival of some sort being held in the town centre.

Other ideas included a ‘Totally Locally’ or ‘Use it or lose it’ campaign to encourage people to shop in local shops.

People would also like to see improvements being made to Milngavie Town Hall.