Denny residents have been invited to help design a new town square that will be built following the eventual demolition of Church Walk.
Falkirk Council has appointed an architecture firm to draft a strategy for the public space, which will be built on land currently occupied by the Lloyds TSB building near Denny Cross.
The new square will be the final part of ‘phase one’ of the much-delayed plan to regenerate Denny town centre, which involves demolishing the massive Church Walk residential and accommodation blocks, and building new shops and a library.
Icecream Architecture was appointed by Falkirk Council after the local authority received a £25,000 grant from Creative Scotland to fund the project.
Staff from the Glasgow firm will be based in the regeneration office at 35 Church Walk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where they will advise members of the public on the plans and how they can get involved.
A public presentation of the proposals for the square is scheduled to take place in June next year.
Councillor Dennis Goldie, spokesman for economic development, said: “We look forward to working with the architects to come up with design features for the town square that fit with the community’s aspirations and the broader regeneration masterplan design.
“As a future community space, we want this to be a project the Denny community have been involved in and are happy with.”
Independent Denny councillor Brian McCabe, a long-term critic of the council’s plans for the town centre, said he was disappointed local members had not been notified of the latest plans.
He said: “I am incensed that yet again Falkirk Council’s Labour-led administration has not even had the decency to seek the views of the local members in the appointment of the architects and development of the architects’ remit.
“It would appear - but I can’t be certain, because I haven’t even been contacted - that for 25 grand we’re going to get someone to tell us what the community want.
“I could have saved the council the money by telling Councillor Goldie that the community of Denny do not want what his administration currently have on the table.”