Going downhill in Denny

Work has begun to clear the site of the old bingo hall
Work has begun to clear the site of the old bingo hall
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Most Bonnybridge and Denny residents think their home towns have deteriorated in the past 10 years.

That’s according to a recent door-to-door survey carried out on behalf of Falkirk Council.

A total of 478 people - 18 per cent of households in the area - were asked six questions on what they liked about their home towns and what they would like to see change.

While 83 per cent of respondents said that they liked staying in Bonnybridge and Denny, 46 per cent also said they felt the area had deteriorated in the past ten years - compared to 33 per cent who felt it had improved.

More than 80 per cent of people also said they wanted to see improvements to how their towns looked, referring to vacant land and buildings in the area such as disused factories, the former bingo hall, and old railway.

SNP councillor Tom Coleman, who represents Bonnybridge, said the results were similar to a survey he carried out last year.

He added: “People want to see their town centre look better, as at the moment, the general quality is down-at-heel.

“Issues such as the health centre – which is overstretched – and the need for a railway station, are ones that I hear from people time and time again.”

Independent Denny councillor Brian McCabe said: “This can’t be seen as a recent occurrence, but is rather of historical origin. For 30-40 years the old burgh of Denny and Dunipace has suffered from an undeniable lack of investment in capital and revenue budgets.”

A council spokeswoman said that the local authority had made significant investment in the area in recent years, and pointed to the example of successful recent projects such as the new Dale Bridge between Denny and Dunipace.

She said: “We have made a significant commitment to the regeneration of Denny town centre.

“A £6.5 million pounds investment during the first phase will create new shops, library, town square and work is ongoing.

“We will continue to look closely at the results of the survey and develop our services to meet local needs and aspirations.”