Straight line preferred to curves for square

The option preferred by voters is the one most different from the original plans.

‘Option 3’ is the clear winner of an ‘informal referendum’ on the future of Colquhoun Square in Helensburgh.

Just over 1,000 people voted – less than 12% of the total turnout in the council elections in early May – on the three options which are part of the Helensburgh Public Realm Improvement (PRI) project under Argyll & Bute Council’s CHORD programme of investment in major towns.

The main difference betweent he winning design and the other two optoins was that it featrued a road which was straight, rather than curved.

The full result was: option 2 19%; option two 21%; option three 60%. Turnout was 1005, with 70 spoilt ballots.

The resuts will now be considered at the council’s meeting in Lochgilphead this Thursday.

Jim Robb, the council’s Helensburgh and Lomond ‘area leader’, said: “All voters in the Helensburgh and Lomond area had the opportunity to participate in this innovative process and I am delighted that so many have responded so positively.

“This council has a different approach and as has been shown with this referendum; it can deliver for its residents. The referendum has been a huge success due to the tremendous effort by the Council Directors, Officers and Staff involved and on behalf of all members I would publicly thank them.

“The council, informed by the referendum and consultation will decide on Thursday how to progress the PRI project. I am sure all councillors will then wish to see the chosen option taken to completion as quickly as possible.”

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