Help Shape Motherwell’s Future

A series of events is planned to shape the future of Motherwell town centre.

Residents, businesses and community groups are being invited to give their views on how best to improve the town centre, making it more attractive, accessible and vibrant.

PAS, an education charity, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, will run the events during June, based on an interactive design process called a charrette, and hopes to involve as many local people and groups as possible.

To formally start the process, a presentation will take place on Sunday 21 June in the GLO Centre at 78 Main Street, Motherwell at 6.30pm.

An informal walkabout around Motherwell town centre will also take place that day at 2.00pm. It will start at the PAS Gazebo on Merry Street and end at the GLO Centre, in time for a drop-in session from 3.00pm to 6.00pm.

Further drop in sessions will be held in the GLO Centre on:
• Monday 22, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 June, 9.00am to 8.00pm
• Thursday 25 June, 9.00am to 2.00pm

In addition, four workshops will run on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 June at 10.00am and 2.00pm each day. These will focus on four themes: making the town centre better for all ages; town centre living; town centre business and activity; and getting to and moving around the town centre.

A closing presentation will take palce on Thursday 25 June in the GLO Centre at 6.30pm.

“Motherwell has already seen major change through the council’s draft Town Centre Action Plan, and now we want to build on that by looking at how we can improve the town centre further,” explains Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee.

“We want to see a busy, attractive town centre with the facilities and services people want and need. To do this, we want to hear from the people who actually use the town centre – shoppers, businesses, local residents and visitors.

“I’m sure everyone has opinions on what they use and what they would like to see in Motherwell, and we’d like to hear these ideas.

“So please take this opportunity to tell us your ideas – big or small – to help us work together and help build a positive future for Motherwell.”

Discussions will also be held with Community Planning partners including Police Scotland, the voluntary sector, NHS Lanarkshire, Town Centre Activities and the town centre owners Chester Properties.

The Motherwell charette is being run as a demonstration project, funded by the Scottish Government, to deliver their Action Plan for Scotland’s town centres. Recently PAS has been using the charrette approach to assist in visioning service delivery through Charretteplus.

For information on the plans for Motherwell town centre and the participation events, go to http://www.pas.org.uk/news/motherwell-charretteplus-to-help-shape-future-of-town-centre/ or follow the consultation on facebook.com/motherwell2015 and Twitter at @motherwell2015.