Clear Winner in Helensburgh Referendum

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Published Date: 

26 Jun 2012 - 10:05

Over one thousand people visited the Victoria Hall in Helensburgh yesterday to vote and record their views on the three Options for Colquhoun Square. This is part of the Helensburgh Public Realm Improvement (PRI) Project under Argyll and Bute Council’s CHORD Programme of investment in major towns.

Design Option 3 with the straight road through Colquhoun Square and an increased proportion of green space was the clear winner.

The full result was:

Option 1               19%

Option 2               21%

Option 3               60%

The matter will be considered at the Council meeting on Thursday 28th June for a final decision on which Option to take forward.

Helensburgh and Lomond Area Leader, Councillor James Robb commented:

“All voters in the Helensburgh and Lomond area had the opportunity to participate in this innovative process and I am delighted that so many have responded so positively. This Council has a different approach and as has been shown with this referendum; it can deliver for its residents. The referendum has been a huge success due to the tremendous effort by the Council Directors, Officers and Staff involved and on behalf of all members I would publicly thank them.

“The Council, informed by the referendum and consultation will decide on Thursday how to progress the PRI Project. I am sure all councillors will then wish to see the chosen option taken to completion as quickly as possible.”

Notes: Turnout: 1005, Spoilt ballots: 70, Option 1: 178, Option 2: 197, and Option 3: 560