Denny community leaders want town centre update

Contractors demolishing part of Church Walk earlier this year. The remaining section is due to be flattened in July. Picture: Michael Gillen (130778L)
Contractors demolishing part of Church Walk earlier this year. The remaining section is due to be flattened in July. Picture: Michael Gillen (130778L)

Denny Community Council has said it is “increasingly concerned” about the timetable to demolish Church Walk.

Members now hope that Falkirk Council leader Craig Martin will attend its next meeting to give an update on how the plan to regenerate Denny town centre is progressing.

The community council held its first meeting of the new session last week following elections in September.

Convener Colin Belbin said: “The town centre is still dominating our agenda. People are anxious to see the last of Church Walk come down.”

John McNally, an SNP councillor for Denny, said: “I was under the impression that work to demolish the final Church Walk block would begin in February or March next year - but I’m told it won’t begin until July. Instead the utilities will be cut from the building in February and the remaining businesses will relocate to the temporary retail village in Duke Street.”

However, Falkirk Council said that its timetable to demolish Church Walk remained unchanged, on time and had not been delayed. It has already won planning permission to build a new library and shops in Stirling Street once the demolition is completed.

The Falkirk Herald last week reported that a Glasgow-based architectural firm had been appointed by the local authority to work with residents in designing a new town square, which will be built where the Lloyds TSB building currently stands.

Falkirk Council leader Craig Martin said: “We have committed £6.5 million for the first phase of the new town centre, which has kick-started the redevelopment at a time when no other local authority is carrying out such projects.

“Church Walk is coming down and the new town centre is moving forward.”

The redevelopment of Denny town centre is planned to be delivered in three phases. The first involves the continuing demolition of Church Walk, due to be completed next year, and then creating a new building with space for 10 shops and a new library. This received planning permission earlier this year.

Shops in the one remaining block of Church Walk will relocate to a temporary ‘retail village’, which will be located in Duke Street