Collaborative delivery: Alloa
Making use of £0.7m capital funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund 2019-20, Clackmannanshire Council and Alloa First BID have been putting the Scottish Government’s Town Centre First Principle and Place Principle into action to make the town centre more accessible. This includes with support from the Scottish Government, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scottish Futures Trust, Scottish Enterprise and Architecture and Design Scotland.
The partners were ready to tap into the Town Centre Fund, having gathered technical evidence from a Your Town Audit in 2015 and community/stakeholder evidence through a Place Standard audit in 2019. This evidence led to selection of projects for the Town Centre Fund which were focused on remodelling streets and spaces. The projects include safer pedestrian environments on key town centre streets, plus an active travel hub and new station car parking. Delivery is going on apace.
The project will help to improve the quality of pedestrian spaces and accessibility, and the move towards a low carbon town centre. These actions are part of a wider strategy for Alloa town centre which includes:
- New intergenerational dementia-friendly housing in the town centre as the retail footprint shrinks – including a 60-unit development on a large vacant site in the town centre by the local housing association, Health and Social Care Partnership and local authority, which is part of a strategy of enabling older people to downsize and free up their family-sized homes. The new homes put into practice the principles of A Caring Place, a report by Architecture and Design Scotland about how to redesign our town centres for an ageing population where health and wellbeing are central.
- Public art, greenery, events, banners and signage to bring colour to the town centre.
- New town centre website, social media and communications.
Alloa First BID has played a leading role alongside the local authority, acting not only as the voice of private and social enterprise in the town centre, but also delivering a host of projects since it began life in 2008. The Business Improvement District is now into its third five-year term, with a new business plan and board providing fresh impetus.
For more information, contact Alloa First by phone 01259 211944 or email email@example.com.