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Plans to brighten Denny town centre as remaining Church Walk businesses are on the move

Work to demolish the remaining Church Walk block (right) will begin later this month, while the temporary retail village in Duke Street opens for business. Picture: Michael Gillen

Work to demolish the remaining Church Walk block (right) will begin later this month, while the temporary retail village in Duke Street opens for business. Picture: Michael Gillen

 

Plans are being made to brighten up Denny town centre as regeneration work continues with the installation of a new artwork.

A “public art intervention” could be made on the gap site created once the demolition process of the remaining section of Church Walk, due to begin next month, is completed.

The plans are being driven by Icecream Architecture, which was appointed by Falkirk Council in November last year to consult with the community on a public art strategy for the area.

The new artwork is hoped to be built between the temporary retail village in Duke Street and the octagonal building which houses a TSB bank branch, and is likely to take the form of a meeting place with new seating installed.

Icecream Architecture has been holding regular drop-in sessions in Denny.

“Plans are at an early stage,” said Icecream director Desmond Bernie. “But we’ve been pleased with the feedback we’ve had from residents. People are looking for somewhere they can wait for their prescriptions from the nearby pharmacist, while school pupils would like somewhere they can eat their lunch.”

Denny town centre is currently undergoing a £7.6 million reconstruction delivered by Falkirk Council. The ‘soft-stripping’ of the remaining Church Walk block, which includes removing utilties, begins in August and the physical demolition will begin in October.

Construction of a two-storey building at the top of Stirling Street, which will house a library and several shops, is due to begin in November and be opened in August 2016.

The second phase of the regeneration plan involves the demolition of the TSB branch and the formation of a new town square.

Icecream has been “feeding back” ideas from Denny residents to the council design team on how the square could look.

Remaining Church Walk businesses on the move

Denny Library has already moved into its new temporary home in Duke Street and is reminding users that its opening hours remain the same as when it was located in Church Walk. The library is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Lloyd’s pharmacy is scheduled to move from the remaining section of Church Walk to its temporary home in Duke Street by August 18 to allow demolition work to begin.

Boots pharmacy is expected to move to a temporary building in Carronbank Crescent at the end of October.

 

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