EXPERTS have called on city chiefs to work harder to capture the imagination of the public as they launch a consultation on the transformation of Glasgow’s St Enoch district.

Glaswegians have 12 weeks to have their say on proposals, which include a river park along both banks of the Clyde, the development of more green and public spaces and an active travel network.

James White, a lecturer of urban design at Glasgow University, said opening up the waterfront would highlight the fact there is more to the St Enoch district than a shopping centre.

He said: “Glasgow has wonderful urban areas and spectacular buildings but they have a poor appearance.

“This project would create a new sense of place for the community who are used to car dominated areas.


Work on St Enoch expansion

“If I were to give the council advice I would tell them to think about how they conduct their public consultation and think about innovative ways in how the community can be involved so they can get this section of the project right.”

Council leader Susan Aitken said the area was one of the most historic in the city but its true potential has yet to be realised.

Ms Aitken said: “These new proposals – which reconnect the community with the River Clyde – have the potential to absolutely transform how people see St Enoch as a place to live, work and socialise.

“We have worked closely with residents and businesses to bring them together and, over the next couple of months, everyone with an interest in the area will have another opportunity to get involved and let us know what they want for St Enoch.”

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick said communication throughout the process was vital.


Key plan for St Enoch district

Mr Patrick said: “We welcome the city centre Avenues programme as an opportunity to create a high-quality public realm network that will improve city centre attractiveness, enhance the consumer experience and increase dwell time.

“We would specifically ask for frequent communications with businesses, residents and stakeholders and consideration of the construction timetable to keep negative impacts to a minimum, including avoiding works during key trading periods.”

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