A CONSULTATION on the future of four city centre districts which aims to make Glasgow the greatest European city has been launched by the council.

Glasgow City Council has appointed a team to help prepare an ambitious regeneration action plan for Cowcaddens, Learning Quarter, Merchant City and Townhead.These distinctive city centre areas will each have a District Regeneration Framework (DRF), a 10-year vision- to guide their future development.

The consultation team especially want to hear views on how it can be made easier to get around the city centre and how streets and open spaces can be improved.

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Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The district regeneration frameworks for the city centre will play a key role in creating a city centre fit to meet the challenges now in front of us.

“By taking part in this consultation, everyone with a stake in these four neighbourhoods can join with the council and our expert project team can help shape a city centre that is sustainable, attractive and liveable.”

The city centre is one of Glasgow’s most important assets. Glasgow City Council’s City Centre Strategy identifies nine Districts and a series of Avenues – the latter funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal - as the basis of planning and delivering sustainable regeneration across the city centre.

Graham Ross, architect and urban planner at Austin-Smith:Lord – part of the project team – said: “To ensure future action plans for these districts are relevant and effective we need to develop distinctive, local solutions with the people who know the place best.

“We’re looking for ideas, big and small, to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, learns or visits here. It’s vital that we tap into local wisdom and knowledge so we can capture the essence of the issues needing attention and set a positive agenda for regeneration and recovery the next ten years.

“We want anyone passionate about Glasgow to share ideas about how to enhance our everyday experiences of these districts, and help set future ambitions that will enable Glasgow to thrive as a great European city.”

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As well as the website, a Freephone number will go live in July and August and will be staffed by the project team on specific dates. This will give those without online access the chance to share their ideas.

The Freephone line is 0800 1583973 and can be called at the following dates/times: Thursday, July 2 noon – 2pm and between 5pm and 7pm, and Saturday, July 4 from 10am – noon. Other dates will be made available in due course.

For further information, go to citycentrestrategy@glasgow.gov.uk.