Tullibody has been identified as the next area to benefit from the Village and Small Town Centres Initiative, which will regenerate the town centre, following the success of this initiative in Sauchie Main Street.
Funding has been approved for Tullibody, and preliminary developments will centre around improvements to the Tron Court area. Working closely with local community stakeholders will be instrumental in making recommendations relevant to the regeneration of the area. Key specialists from across Council services and partner organisations will be in regular contact with the local community, and consultation is scheduled to start in June 2014.
The centre of Tullibody will be regenerated over the next couple of years, as Making Clackmannanshire Better, the Council's business improvement programme, makes progress. Making Clackmannanshire Better aims to enhance and improve what services the Council delivers, and how and from where it delivers them. It will enable the Council to better meet customers' changing needs, whilst also taking account of economic pressures and increasing demands on certain public services.
As an integral part of this programme, the initial phases of a pilot initiative have just been completed in Tullibody. Tullibody was chosen for the pilot because it has public and voluntary services delivered by a range of partners, from a variety of access points, some in need of upgrading. Coupled with this, parts of the area have experienced significant and prolonged deprivation and inequality. The area has a strong Community Council, already engaged in community development, with well established community groups, who have worked with the Council to help identify where the pilot should focus.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Gary Womersley, commented: "Making Clackmannanshire Better is focused on creating services designed around our customers' need, to enhance the customer experience in dealing with us and help improve people's lives. The progress made during the initial phases of the Tullibody Pilot has helped us to identify where we should focus our efforts over the next phases. This progress has only been possible thanks to the commitment and support of the community representatives who have worked with us, and my thanks, on behalf of the Council, goes to them. As an integral part of taking developments forward in Tullibody, we are delighted to announce that the Village & Small Town Centres Initiative will be regenerating the town centre in Tullibody."
Chair of the Community Council, Janette McGowan, commented on what this means for the community: "Our community has waited a long time for news of real investment which will regenerate this area. Fit for purpose community, leisure and youth spaces, and a modern shopping area sits at the top of the agenda in our local Community Action Plan. Working in partnership with Tullibody Healthy Living Initiative, local groups and local traders, and of course Clackmannanshire Council through the Tullibody Pilot, we are delighted to be involved in shaping this community's future, now that capital funding has been secured."
On behalf of the recently re-constituted Tullibody Tron Court Traders Association, local businessman, Stephen Franklyn, commented: "This is great news for Tron Court; the traders are very encouraged by the news of this investment which will help to regenerate and modernise the Tron Court shopping area, and ultimately create a safer and more modern environment for the benefit of the whole community."
Ongoing engagement and consultation with the local community in Tullibody will be pivotal in the regeneration, re-design of facilities and enhanced service delivery for the local area. This will ensure a positive impact on the lives of everyone who lives and works there.
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