Creating a modern city centre for the 21st century

Frank McAveety writes on the (Y)our City Centre plan, that is seeking views on how Glasgow should invest a planned £115 million in Glasgow's City Centre.

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City centres are the beating heart of a city and while Glasgow is undeniably the economic powerhouse of Scotland, it is our city centre that is the driving force.

Under Glasgow Labour we are now the UK’s fastest growing economy outside of London, growing at almost double the Scottish average and contributing an enormous £18 billion in value to Scottish economy every year.

We are a city competing on the global stage with the biggest names, always striving to do more, achieve greater things and most importantly ensure our success is felt by every citizen who calls Glasgow home.

Glasgow has a fantastic mix of shopping, culture, leisure and entertainment drawing in thousands of commuters every single day and millions of visitors every year.

Our city centre is the hub of our economy and society, crucial to Glasgow’s continued success and we are working tireless to improve it creating a modern city centre fit for the 21st century.

Glasgow Labour’s ambition for our city centre is simple. A family friendly environment that also harnesses business and economic opportunities, maximising pedestrian and cycling connectivity with public transport and active travel at its heart.

To that end, I launched the next stage in the regeneration of our city centre focussing on four districts that play a significant role in our economic and cultural life - Broomielaw, St Enoch, Central and Blythswood.

The first pilot Regeneration Framework for the Sauchiehall and Garnethill District was approved by the Council in April this year and has been a great success.

And when combined with improvement projects from our game-changing Glasgow City Region City Deal, we are investing £115m in our city centre and the wider ambition Labour have for our city and our city region.

We have exciting times ahead but the city centre belongs to all of us - so we want to hear your views to make sure that local stakeholders help decide how this investment is delivered.

The success of Sauchiehall and Garnethill is there to see and stakeholders in Broomielaw, St Enoch, Central and Blythswood will now for the first time have an opportunity to collectively put forward their individual aspirations for regeneration and physical change.

To help develop these Regeneration Frameworks over the next few years, the Council have commissioned a multidisciplinary team who will, at the end of this process, ensure we have an inclusive city centre that has changed for the better.

As someone who was born and bred in Glasgow I want the very best for Glasgow.

We all do, and now you can have your say. The project is called (Y)our City Centre because it belongs to all of us as individuals and as a group.

A dedicated website for this next stage of the city centre strategy has been established at www.yourcitycentre.com with more detailed information available at: http://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/news-from-the-city-centre-team.

Glasgow City Centre is already Scotland’s premier civic space but we are more determined than ever to make it an even more attractive place in which to live, work, study, invest and visit.