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Public events to help shape Paisley town centre outdoor transformation plans

Paisley town centre's key outdoor spaces and road junctions are in line for a major transformation - and you are invited to two special events to help us shape the plans.

Renfrewshire Council has set aside a £10m budget for a wide-ranging programme of improvements to the town centre - aimed at driving new footfall and life to the town centre and creating a more attractive place for residents and visitors to spend time.

Two open consultation events are taking place next week at which you can have your say on how you would like the spaces to be used and what could be done with them.

The events will be in the Paisley.is office at 5a High Street, Paisley, on Thursday 14 March (1 to 7pm) and Saturday 16 March (9.30am to 12.30pm) with council staff on hand to take your comments.

The work is part of a wider programme aimed at using Paisley's unique cultural and heritage story to change its future - including major transformations of the museum and town hall and a new library in a formerly-empty High St retail unit.

The programme aims to do the following:

- unlock the huge potential of the area around the iconic landmarks of the Abbey and town hall by creating an expanded space for the area's already successful major events, and for people to gather and spend time;

- work to redesign County Square as a lively transport interchange and distinctively Paisley gateway to the town, as well as a space where a café culture could thrive;

Views are also being sought on work to simplify traffic movements and improve road safety at the following key town centre road junctions:

- Canal St / Causeyside St / Gordon St

- Mill St / Gauze St / Incle St / Glasgow Rd

- Lonend / Gordon St / Mill St

- the one-way system around Wallneuk

That work will aim to make the road network easier to navigate for drivers and pedestrians, remove the perception of the ring road as a barrier, and create more attractive public spaces offering a sense of arrival to the town.

It will also will feed into the results of a feasibility study into longer-term and more significant improvements to the town's road system.

Council staff have already met with property owners, local business groups and taxi and public transport bosses to get input on the plans, with plenty positive feedback to date.

Construction work is likely to start in 2020, meaning the new outdoor spaces and road junctions will be complete for the increase in visitors and activity expected when the town hall and museum reopen in 2021 and 2022.

Information on the work will be posted online at renfewshire.gov.uk after the public events allowing further feedback to be offered for a limited time.

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