Shawlands on the up

RESIDENTS, politicians and businesspeople are backing a bid to revive Shawlands.

At a public meeting last Thursday, more than 50 people joined members of the newly-formed Shawlands Business Association to kick-start much needed regeneration.

Chairman Barry Young, of Young’s Interesting Books in Skirving Street, said: “It was a superb turnout.

“Everyone is really enthusiastic and very positive we can make a difference.

“We want to address parking, litter, signage, street furniture, lights and the lack of public toilets”.

The downturn in business over the last few years has been blamed partly on the increasingly empty and rundown Shawlands Arcade.

Councillor Archie Graham, chairman of the Shawlands steering group, told The Extra: “Having carried out significant research on the main issues of the town centre we’re writing the final plan and hope to publish this early in the summer.

“We want the business community to have a strong say in what it recommends”.

Andrew Montgomery, chairman of Shawlands and Strathbungo community council, was also in attendance.

He said: “The turnout was very impressive. It is yet another example of residents and businesses being very passionate about Shawlands.

“We recognise there is a long way to go but we hope the council can be convinced to find funds for some improvements in the town centre”.