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Council approves next stage for regeneration of Sauchiehall and Garnethill district

The council's Executive Committee also approved plans for a public consultation on the framework.

Some other proposed projects include: a park in front of the Mitchell Library; tree-lined sections of Sauchiehall Street; dedicated cycle paths on Bath Street and Sauchiehall Street; the upgrading of Garnethill Park; the redevelopment of Renfrew Street as an "Avenue for the Arts"; a new car and cycle parking strategy; the creation of a "green street" at Blythswood Street / Rose Street and the closure of the very steep Scott Street to traffic and the creation of a people or recreation space, similar to what has been achieved in cities such as New York.

The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District is one of nine identified in the council's City Centre Strategy, with each having its own regeneration framework, identity and an "avenues" programme to deliver public realm infrastructure. The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District is the first of these, and there has already been widespread consultation on the framework in the area, including public workshops, surveys and stakeholder meetings.

The first phase of the Sauchiehall Avenue is currently at detailed design stage.

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "This radical plan outlines an exciting new vision for the Sauchiehall and Garnethill District and a taste of what the city centre could look like in the future, setting the benchmark for modern, vibrant cities across Europe. These proposals will lead to improved public spaces and a better connected centre of Glasgow, fully able to capitalise on its unique assets and diversity. I look forward to the results of the forthcoming public consultation."

Four strategic themes have been developed to provide a clear structure to the Regeneration Framework for the district. The first of these is the idea of a Living District with a focus on residents and strong and safe neighbourhoods; local, every day and accessible services; active landlords and tenants; diverse and affordable housing; and healthy and active lifestyles.

The second theme is Local Distinctiveness with the following proposals: high quality public realm; a green district, healthy and sustainable; diverse and mixed functions; maximise use of local community assets; capitalise on cultural institutions; and preserve cultural diversity.

The third theme is Connected & Mobile, which aims for a connected network for pedestrians and cyclists; create hooks that invite to the district and city; prioritise pedestrians; reconnect people and place across the M8; and deliver attractive, frequent and safe public transport.

The fourth theme is that of a Vibrant District with events and activities that invite footfall to the area; supports local talent; supports independent retail and a strong business district; and support for skills and employment.

The public consultation will begin on 20 November and last for nine weeks, and those interested can participate through an online survey, by email or by post. The final report will be brought back to Executive Committee for formal approval in February 2016.


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