Flexible events space is top option for Burnside Square

Residents and businesses in Campbeltown would like the town’s Burnside Square to become a new, flexible public events space, according to the results of a recent public consultation.

Argyll and Bute Council is installing a new surface flood water storage tank under the Square in the coming months as part of a £15 million Campbeltown Flood Protection Scheme to reduce the impact of flooding on residents and businesses in the town.

This provided the council with an opportunity to consult local people on what other benefits they would like to see from a redesigned Burnside Square, on top of the improvements the new flood protection scheme will bring.

Fifty-seven per cent of those who responded to the consultation expressed a preference for a flexible space and car park. With the consultation now closed, the Council’s design team will progress plans for a range of possible features in the Square, such as redesigned pedestrian areas, additional spaces for disabled parking, decorative lighting and hanging baskets.

Councillor Andrew Kain, Policy Lead for Roads and Infrastructure, said: “The Campbeltown Flood Protection Scheme is a key investment that will bring a range of benefits, the principal one clearly being to provide a flood protection system for the town.

“However, it also presented the perfect opportunity to ask the local community for their views on how best to use this important public space in the years to come. We are grateful to all those who took the time to offer feedback and make such a valuable contribution to the process.”

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