The public will be asked to think hard about how they want Byres Road to look in the years ahead at an eagerly-anticipated ‘workshop’ event.
Glasgow West End Today has been given more details of the public launch for the £9m improvement scheme.
Anyone with an interest in Byres Road is invited to Partick Burgh Hall for the presentation event this week [Thursday Feb 23 – starting at 7pm].
Key figures will present the story so far and set out the process and timescale ahead.
The event is very much the start of a journey involving the public with more engagement to follow.
A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “The workshop will start with an introductory presentation setting out the background to the project, identifying timescales for delivery and pointing out that this will be the first stage of a consultation process.
“People will not be asked to design the street at this event but to think about how they use or would like to use the space.
“After the presentation the session will become more interactive with people asked to engage with a series of maps and images.”
The public will asked and consider the following questions:
* “How do you use the street now?”
* “What do you want different parts of the street to be like in 5 years time?”
* “How can the balance of different uses and activities be balanced within a fixed space?”
* “What sort of public spaces do you like?”
The announcement about improvements to the so-called public realm – pavements, road, public spaces, street furniture, planters etc – was made last month.
The makeover will likely look at potential new civic spaces and how the public can be involved in the design and programming of events.
Early consultation has identified so-called ‘priority spaces’, including Ashton Road car park, Church Street triangle, and corners at Chancellor Street and Great George Street
The £9 million of funding for these public realm improvements will come from the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.
The works will aim to improve connections to the Glasgow University campus.
The spokesman said: “The event will finish by advising participants of next stages in the design/consultation process and reminding them that they can keep up to date through Facebook.”
* The public can follow events on a dedicated Facebook page