Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has launched a consultation into the future of Hamilton town centre. 

Following recent developments around Baird’s and Wilko in Hamilton, she is seeking the views of businesses, residents and other town centre users. 

The 12-week consultation will form part of a range of stakeholder engagements, which will inform a report on the area. 

Once complete, the report will be published and passed onto South Lanarkshire Council as part of their work to create a master plan for the town.

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Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said: “As the MP for Hamilton town centre, the town’s future has recently been hit by a couple of blows with the abandoned Baird’s department store now up in the air following the withdrawal of Wetherspoons and the impending closure of Wilko in the Regent Centre.

“If no action is taken now then we will miss the chance to shape the future for Hamilton and prevent further decline as a result of recent events. 

“The results of this consultation will be provided to stakeholders including South Lanarkshire Council to the Hamilton Masterplan process so residents, business owners and other town centre users will be able to have a direct say on the way forward.

“This is an important opportunity for the community to share their views, make their voices heard, and have these represented. I would encourage as many people to engage, respond and shape the future of our town.”