Renfrewshire Council

MEDIA RELEASE: Engagement period for Causeyside St regeneration set to close

Local residents, businesses and community groups are being asked to ensure they submit their feedback on regeneration plans for Causeyside Street in Paisley before the engagement period closes on Sunday 7 August.

The plans aim to make Causeyside Street an attractive place to live, work and visit by enhancing walking provision in the area with clearer footways making it safer for residents, commuters and visitors, as well as improved accessibility at bus stops to make it easier for passengers to board and disembark .

There would be increased parking spaces, with four being added north of the Canal Street junction and the potential to add a further 51 spaces and designated loading bays south of the junction by removing the current single yellow line restrictions.

A new two-way cycle route on Causeyside Street would connect Paisley Gilmour Street train station with Canal Street Station, as well as the popular National Cycle Route 7, and would be separated from the main road carriageway and pedestrians.

Council officers have been visiting businesses on Causeyside Street in-person to answer any questions and found support from local butcher James Peacock of WM Phelps who believes the plans will improve the look and feel of the street.

James said: "I'm all for investment coming into Causeyside Street as it's important that regeneration takes place to improve the look and feel of the town.

"The addition of parking spaces as well as new cycle lanes will bring more people into the town and, as long as it is policed properly, it should make a positive difference.

"I know the Council and Scottish Government are encouraging people to use sustainable transport more often and this will definitely help people to do that on Causeyside Street."

In addition to the bus and cycle improvements, pedestrian crossing facilities would also be upgraded and new electric charging infrastructure is currently being added at Stow Brae to support the move to sustainable transport.

The proposals form part of the ongoing transformation of Paisley town centre, in which major investment is being made in its historic venues, including the plans to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination, Paisley Town Hall modernisation into a landmark entertainment venue, the new Learning and Cultural Hub on the High Street, and an extension and upgrade to Paisley Arts Centre.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: "These proposals would modernise Causeyside Street by providing sustainable transport links that walkers and cyclists will want to use and feel safe while doing so, as well as improving public transport connections too.

"We recognise it would be a substantial change to the current infrastructure on Causeyside Street, but the plans could actually increase the parking available by more than 50 spaces in addition to the active travel improvements.

"We want the proposals to make a positive difference to Causeyside Street and support the community and our businesses, so please take the time to look through the plans and give us your feedback so we can incorporate this into the next stage of the project."

Concept designs, visualisations and a short survey for feedback is available on the Council website, with a closing date for responses of Sunday 7 August 2022.

Renfrewshire Council's project team are keen to hear from local Paisley residents, nearby businesses and regular users of Causeyside Street and will be available to meet with the public every Wednesday and Friday between 12pm-2pm at the PaisleyIs branded 5A High Street in Paisley during the engagement period.

Published 28 July 2022.