Facelift boost for Shawlands

SHAWLANDS town centre is set for a makeover following a consultation by Glasgow city council on the improvements needed.

The authority carried out a survey in 2009 asking people who live and work in the area to share their thoughts on how it could be better promoted.

After 1,200 responses, the results were published last year – and GCC has adapted a plan from the findings in a bid to breathe life back into what it calls the heart of the southside.

The council now plans to inject a starting figure of £110,000 into Shawlands – and with the draft town centre action plan available online an estimated 21,000 residents, and those with an interest in its future, are asked to share their opinions on the ideas put forward.

The authority hopes to create a more coherent business community within Shawlands, responding to increasing competition from the city centre, Silverburn and Braehead and creating a further community feel for the area.

A council spokesman confirmed the initial funding this week, and told The Extra: “£110,000 is the figure from recent developments, with the intention to attract future funding from various sources”.

He added: “Some key business owners have already provided great support by various means – in kind and providing premises for free”.

The plan also recommends a number of improvements to the management of Shawlands and its public places and buildings, setting it up as a “hub” for neighbouring southside areas.

Short term actions include repainting the Granary frontage and providing signage for a potential new cinema at the Cell.

The council will also enter into talks with Shawlands Arcade owners AWG to introduce a Friday market and improve the centre’s car parking facilities.

Arms length organisation Glasgow community and safety services (GCSS) has also been planning the installation of further CCTV cameras within the town centre.

Councillor Archie Graham, chair of the Shawlands town centre steering group, commented: “While Shawlands is a leading destination for shoppers and people heading to bars and restaurants, everyone with a stake in the area needs to make their views known.

“The council has a vision to re-establish Shawlands as the heart of the southside, by balancing the needs of the place, people, businesses and sustainable living, and we ask people to become involved in the action plan”.

Full details of the action plan can be found under current consultations at www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/YourCouncil/Consultations.

Submissions are due by February 1, and all correspondence should be sent to David Dunlop at development and regeneration services – or by e-mailing shawlands@drs.glasgow.gov.uk.