Kilmarnock Town Centre Improvements

The public are invited to have their say on new proposals which have been drawn up to enhance the appearance of Kilmarnock town centre.

In May 2016 East Ayrshire Council’s cabinet agreed to invite proposals to improve the streetscape of Kilmarnock as part of the ‘Celebrate Kilmarnock’ town centre action plan, which complements the 2011 Integrated Urban Development Plan and builds upon the recent successes of Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

TGP Landscape Architects have submitted proposals which focus on four key areas within the town centre – the Foregate, Sandbed Street, an extension of the shopping area and John Finnie Street embankment.

The public engagement event will take place on Saturday 28 October at 14:00 – 16:30, at the Citizen’s Advice offices in Foregate Square, Kilmarnock.

This event will be held in tandem with consultation activity on proposals for improvements to the Kilmarnock Bus Station which will be led by Ayrshire Roads Alliance and smithfindlay architects.

Commercial stakeholders will be invited to have their say on Wednesday 15 November at 17:00 – 18:30 Citizen’s Advice offices at Foregate Square, Kilmarnock.

Councillor Jim Roberts, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure said:

“The town centre plays a multi-faceted role in the lives of Kilmarnock’s residents. Sitting at the heart of the community it provides a range of places and spaces for people to meet, live, work and enjoy.

“Consultants engaged by the Council have produced a range of different proposals for improving these areas and it is important that we get the public’s views on these. We will be asking people to vote for the ones which they feel should be prioritised.

“In terms of the bus station, we see this project as one with immense potential to change not only the physical environment, but tackle the troubling social issues which have damaged the station’s reputation.

“Kilmarnock Bus Station has lost its sense of identity but we are confident that this project will rediscover and redefine its character and will deliver a revitalised public transport hub for residents, visitors and commuters alike.”

The outcomes from these engagement sessions will be presented to Cabinet early in the New Year.

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