Cost of new Denny town centre could rise

Consultation on Denny town centre regeneration involved the community
Consultation on Denny town centre regeneration involved the community

The cost of providing the revamped Denny town centre could rise councillors were warned.

Although £7.628 million has been earmarked for the massive project to raze the current Church Walk premises and build new shops, a library, town square and car park, it might not be enough.

Members of Falkirk Council’s executive heard it will cost £120,000 to relocate Boots to a portable building on Stirling Street, next to Carronbank House. The local authority is footing the bill to compensate the chemist for its early surrender of its existing lease and as an incentive to stay as a “quality tenant” in the new development.

A further £30,000 is also needed to pay for the temporary retail village which will now cost £380,000.

Relocating the war memorial from its current site to the cemetery at Broompark community centre is likely to take place over the summer and cost over £95,000. It is planned to hold a reded-ication ceremony prior to November’s Remembrance Sunday.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said that the total cost of delivering the regeneration project will not be finalised until the tendering exercise later this year is completed.

She said: “This initiative is one of the priority areas for the council. It is critical that we retain commercial activity during the period of necessary disruption for those retailers remaining.”

Councillors also heard that talks are ongoing to relocate Cafe Anton to a portable building in Duke Street, with Lloyds Pharmacy making a similar move.

Lloyds TSB bank will continue to occupy its current premises in Church Walk and, once the first phase of the development is complete, move to a new unit there.