Funds were allocated in the Council's capital budget for environmental improvements in Alyth town centre. To establish the community priorities for improvements, the Placecheck method of community engagement was used.
Alyth Placecheck town centre improvements
December 2018 Update
With the works almost complete there was an official re-opening of the square by Provost Dennis Melloy on Monday 3rd December. The white lines and disabled parking bays will be marked out soon.
November 2018 update
As part of ongoing work to improve public areas in Alyth there will be periods of road works for resurfacing starting from 13 November 2018. These will effect access to the road and bus service routes. The work areas are:
- Airlie Street, from the Traditional Fish Bar to Bamff Road (13-16 November)
- Market Square Road, from Airlie Street to Commercial Street (13-16 November)
- Bamff Road, from Airlie Street to Chapel Street (13-23 November)
To allow the work to be carried out safely a full road closure will be required.
Unfortunately the bus service will not be able to use the temporary route during the closure of Airlie Street to Bamff Road (13-16 November). To accommodate the bus service during the closure, Victoria Street will be closed for approximately 30 metres from the junction with Airlie Street to allow for buses to turn into Victoria Street and return back down Airlie Street. The temporary bus stop will be located outside the Alyth Parish Church Hall. The bus service will be reinstated on Market Square once the road works on B952 Market Square/Airlie Street are finished.
October 2018 update
The work to improve the square are progressing as planned. The 4 street lamps for the square will be installed on the 2nd or 3rd October. However, due to lead-in times for the new lamp heads, temporary lamp heads will be installed on the lamp posts to enable the project and wider streetlight programme to progress. The 'new' lampheads will be installed before the completion of the project.
August 2018 update
Following the public consultation about this scheme, we are pleased to advise that the works started on 27 August 2018 with completion planned for 16 November 2018. The Council has worked closely with Alyth Development Trust and Alyth Community Council to develop the project which will see an investment of almost £0.5m in upgrading the town square. This will complement the works done to replace the bridges but will mean car parking will be disrupted significantly during the construction period.
The aim of the improvements are to:
- Create a square that is pedestrian friendly, with improved access for all pedestrians, wider pavements, reduced street clutter and dropped kerbs at key locations.
- Create a flexible space which would enable opportunities for outdoor events to be held in the Square whilst recognising the everyday need for car parking.
- Improve bus access, pedestrian safety and passenger boarding facilities
- Retain existing car parking numbers.
View the Alyth Square final plan design [2Mb].
Fundraising for the town centre regeneration plan is now complete. The project originates from the Alyth2020 report in 2009 which recommended improvements to Alyth town centre. Following a Placecheck walkabout in 2013 with key community representatives where ideas for improvements were identified, there were exhibitions in 4 venues for 3 weeks during June 2014 and a further exhibition in October 2014, during those exhibitions drawings of the proposed new square layout were displayed. Also 80 people attended an ADT public meeting in June 2014 where the plans were displayed.
This project has taken an enormous amount of time and effort by Alyth Development Trust (ADT) who helped organise and staff further community consultations that took place during 2016 and applied for funding to supplement the initial £250,000 Council budget. ADT spent over 18 months raising additional funds to make up the shortfall for the planned works and secured funds from the Drumderg Fund.
What is Placecheck?
Placecheck is an award winning programme to improve public spaces through the council and the community working in partnership. At the community placecheck event there is an opportunity for local people to walk around different areas in small groups with council officers to identify what they like, don't like and what can be improved. The aim is to get people working together to improve their village and surrounding area and work with the council on shared priorities. For more information see: www.placecheck.info.
Community Greenspace - Working together to maintain, improve and promote our shared spaces for all to enjoy.