Helensburgh’s regenerated town centre will be enhanced after Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee agreed 12 further improvements - funded from the allocation of just over £650,000 surplus CHORD funds.
Councillor Ellen Morton, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Infrastructure, said:
“The improvements agreed through the allocation of the surplus CHORD funds will have a positive impact and further enhance Helensburgh town centre, making it even more attractive to visitors and locals and helping to boost the local economy.
“Expanding the Outdoor Museum, which has been well-received by everyone who experiences is also be good news for the town.”
Councillor Gary Mulvaney, chair of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area committee added:
“The focus of our council is on attracting people to our area, creating jobs and economic prosperity and the improvements the committee agreed to take forward go a long way to achieving exactly that.’’
Members agreed that the funds left over from the original town centre initiative would be used to improve James Street with the installation of granite paving and replacing the pavements in East Clyde Street, Maitland Street, West Princes Street and John Street.
The committee also gave the go-ahead to work to improve the Maitland Street car park by installing lighting, resurfacing, re-designing and marking parking bays, stabilising the boundary wall and installing a parking meter.
More litter bins will be installed throughout the town centre and additional signage will be erected to help direct visitors to local car parks.
The West Bay Esplanade will be enhanced and solutuions to flooding in West Clyde Street will be investigated.
Finally, the town’s award-winning Outdoor Museum will be expanded. It is proposed that the Light of the Comet plinth be illuminated at night and seven of the original Flotilla of Comets would be repaired, cleaned and mounted on columns. The Colquhoun Square project was developed and curated with the input and support of local residents, schools and organisations.
In 2009 the council approved an investment of approximately £30 million to regenerate and boost the economic development of five of its town centres – Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon. £6.66 million was allocated to Helensburgh – which helped to successfully deliver the improved character and appearance of the town centre and the West Bay esplanade.
The council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed, in August 2016, that the allocation of the £653,119 surplus would be delegated to the Area Committee – with any approved project being compliant with the original objectives of CHORD.