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Balloch Street Design Project: proposals go on display

The Balloch Village Plans (Street Design) Project builds on the extensive engagement undertaken through the ‘Live in Balloch’ Charrette process that took place in February and March 2016.

Sustrans, West Dunbartonshire Council and the National Park have been working together on an ambitious and exciting project to develop design proposals for the remodeling of the area around Balloch train station and the village centre, following a period of extensive engagement with local people, businesses and stakeholders.

We’re really excited that these proposals are now on public display and local residents, businesses and stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the design proposals until 17th May 2017. Read on to find out how you can view and comment on the designs.

The project aims to:

  • Make Balloch an easier place to walk and cycle in;
  • Create a stronger sense of place in Balloch; and
  • Strengthen the village as a tourist destination.

What’s happened so far?

Sustrans have been running events in the area from September 2016 to develop ideas:

  • The first event, Delivering for Balloch, was held on 15 September 2016 with over 120 people coming along between 3pm and 8pm at the National Park headquarters.
  • The second event, held on 17 November 2016, was split between a drop in session, to feedback on the information collected since the project was launched, and a design workshop, to develop design ideas using model kits. A mixture of local residents and business owners attended and helped ensure the team captured views from a variety of local people.

On top of these events, the team have also been engaging with community stakeholders including meeting with Balloch and Haldane Community Council, setting up a Business Involvement Group and carrying out a walking audit with members of Balloch Health Walk Group and Clyde Shopmobility. Thank you to all those who have participated so far!

Have your say

Over the past few months, the team have asked for your opinion on various ways to improve Balloch Station and Village Centre and have listened carefully to all that you’ve had to say, whether that be at events, meetings or online. All of this information has been taken and developed into some proposals for how these spaces could change. We’re excited to now share these proposals with you and ask you for your views.

Rowena Colpitts, Senior Engineer, Sustrans Scotland said: “We’d encourage anyone with an interest in the village and station area to take the time to view the proposals and let us know what you think through the feedback opportunities, project website or by attending the event on the 26th April.”

You can comment anytime between 19 April 2017 and 17 May 2017 using the following methods:

  • Public Locations. There is a public display of the design proposals outside the Tourist Information Centre and Moss O’Balloch Park – look out for the lamp post banners. Further detailed designs and feedback forms will be available inside the following locations to allow you to submit your views into a secure comment box: Tourist Information Centre; National Park Headquarters; and Balloch Library.
  • Online. The proposals can be viewed on the project website, Commonplace, where comments can be submitted and viewed anonymously: https://ballochproposals.commonplace.is/
  • Drop-in Event. Come along to the National Park HQ on 26 April 2017 anytime between 3pm and 8pm to view, comment on and talk through the design proposals with members of the project team. Refreshments will be on offer.

What happens next?

All of the feedback we receive on the design proposals will be read and used to shape the final design. Where it’s possible to make changes based on your comments and suggestions, we will, and where we can’t, we will explain why.

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