Erskine town centre consultation could see cash boost Erskine town centre consultation could see cash boost
Plans to consult the community of Erskine on the future of the town centre could be set for a major boost. Renfrewshire Council is... Erskine town centre consultation could see cash boost

Plans to consult the community of Erskine on the future of the town centre could be set for a major boost.

Renfrewshire Council is to apply to the Scottish Government for £15,000 to support a public consultation on the issue.

In March of this year, councillors approved a draft town centre strategy and action plan for Erskine as a basis for consultation with local residents, businesses and organisations.

The draft strategy for Erskine explains the role and strengths of the town centre, looks at the potential for future enhancement, and asks for views on priorities for action and opportunities for change.

Councillor Terry Kelly, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said:  “We have made the regeneration of our  town centres a priority for this council.

“Paisley is the focus of multi-million pound heritage-led regeneration plans as well as the proposed bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Over the next few months we will be consulting on draft town centre strategies for Erskine, Renfrew, Johnstone and Linwood.

“Each one of the finalised proposals will draw on the distinctive strengths of their communities and each one will be strongly influenced by the views expressed in the consultations.”

Council chiefs believe that the lessons learned from a pioneering planning consultation in Johnstone   several years ago can help Erskine develop its own priorities

In 2011, Renfrewshire Council supported by the Scottish Government, led a charrette – a planning term for a wide-ranging and intensive community consultation.

The views expressed in Johnstone South West, including Spateston, Cochrane Castle and Johnstone Castle, have subsequently helped to shape development proposals for the area.

The hope is that Erskine would benefit from a similar approach