Renfrewshire Council

Abbey CLose during food fest

Transforming our outdoor spaces

We have plans to change the look and feel of Paisley town centre by transforming some of its key outdoor spaces and road junctions over the next couple of years.

The plans are part of Renfrewshire Council's ongoing £100m investment in the town centre aimed at driving new life and footfall into the town and preserving our unique heritage.

Within that, a £10m budget has been set aside to help us transform two of our unique landmark outdoor spaces - Abbey Close and County Square - and revamp four of Paisley's main road junctions to make the town centre easier to reach.

Read on to see what each project involves....

County Square  County Square:

With more than five million people passing through Paisley Gilmour Street Station (Scotland's fourth-busiest) each year, County Square is Paisley's gateway to the world. But it has the potential to be so much better. We plan to create:

- an attractive entrance to the town offering a clear sense of arrival which is distinctively Paisley and brings the town's unique character to life;

- an outdoor space where residents, visitors, workers and students will want to spend time and money, allowing for a café culture and bringing new life and trade day and night;

- a lively transport interchange sending footfall through the rest of the town centre, with better links between the station and other forms of transport;

- a redesign using high-quality materials to declutter the square and increase its event capacity;

Abbey Close during food festival  Abbey Close:

Hugging the perimeter of two of our best-loved buildings - Paisley Abbey and Town Hall - Abbey Close offers fascinating history, stunning views, and a lively gathering place for the tens of thousands of people who attend Paisley's major events each year. Here's how we can make it even better:

- create a unique place for people to gather next to Paisley's best and most distinctive landmarks, drive new footfall through the town centre;

- create a larger and more flexible event space to expand our already-successful major events (such as the Halloween Festival and the Food and Drink Festival) and attract new ones;

- improve pedestrian flow between Abbey Close and surrounding areas, reconnect the town with its riverside and open up the green space beside the river as a place for people to enjoy;

- complement the transformed town hall (due to reopen in 2021) by ensuring the spaces around it are as striking as its transformed interior;

Road junctions:

The same project will also see redesigns to four of the main road junctions around Paisley's ring road - to make the town centre more accessible and easier to reach. The four junctions are:

1) New Sneddon Street/Incle Street

2) Incle Street/Glasgow Road/Gauze Street/Mill Street

3) Mill Street/Barrhead Road/Bridge Street/Gordon Street

4) Gordon Street/Causeyside Street/Canal Street

The work we will do is intended to:

- create a sense of arrival to the town centre at the key gateways for residents and visitors

- improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists - by making it easier to walk into and around the town centre from surrounding areas we will remove the perception of the ring road as a 'barrier' and increase footfall within the town;

- build a safer and less complex road layout, meaning smoother traffic flow for drivers;

- improve the look and quality of some of the town's most high-visible public spaces - such as the area in front of St Mirin's Cathedral.

What's happened so far...and what happens next?

We want to capture as wide a range of views on how best to deliver on these plans as possible. This is your town centre and we want you to help shape what happens to it.

In early 2019 we held two public consultation events. The three question we asked were: 1) What do you like about these spaces, 2) What do you not like, and 3) What would you like to see happen there?

We plan to appoint designers and reveal theuir designs in 2020 to show you what the plans for Abbey Close and County Square could look like. Work could start in late 2020 and we hope to have everything complete sometime in 2022.

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