Your business to change town centre
Published Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Everyone in Lesmahagow is being asked to give their views on improvements for their town centre.
A survey of local businesses and residents in the area is now underway with everyone's views being sought to form part of a comprehensive report to understand the needs and aspirations of local businesses.
The move comes following the council getting money from the European Regional Development Fund and Tesco with the first stage of improvements already underway.
Part of the project will include a postal survey of 1000 households in the area with people being asked their thoughts on what they like and dislike about the centre.
A similar survey was undertaken in 2005 and these results will be compared to identify the changes in perceptions of the centre over the last six years.
Working with a range of local groups and businesses throughout this project, the council will also be examining a range of shop front improvements which could be undertaken along Abbeygreen.
It is envisaged that the first phase of the project will be completed around February 2012.
Councillor Chris Thompson, the chair of the council's Enterprise Resources Committee, said: "We are looking for suggestions on how we can develop the centre of Lesmahagow and attract more people there to shop and visit.
"We appreciate that there are very unique challenges facing the town and hopefully by everyone working together we can come up with solutions that are viable and long-lasting."