The controversial revamp of Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square has been given the go-ahead by councillors.
After a public referendum in June the original design for ‘public realm’ works in Helensburgh as part of the £6.7m CHORD project was revised, meaning planning consent had to be given afresh.
Councillors at last Thusday’s meeting of the planning, protective services and licensing committee followed their officials’ recommendation to approve the scheme.
A statement from Argyll and Bute Council today (Monday) said the work would now be put out for pricing in January, with the contract awarded in early March, work starting in April next year and completed mid-summer 2014.
It is expected the work will be done in phases:
- West Clyde Street: April – August 2013
- The Esplanade: April – October 2013 and February – June 2014
- Colquhoun Square: August – November 2013 and January 2014
- Colquhoun Street North: December 2013 – January 2014 and East Princes Street: January – February 2014
- Sinclair Street: March 2014 – June 2014
Chair of the Helensburgh CHORD project board, Councillor James Robb said: “ By the summer of 2014 Helensburgh will have improved roads, pavements and public spaces and be a better place to visit and do business.
“The final approved plans now take account of the wishes of the town and show that by listening and explaining it is possible to get the necessary consensus to make progress. It is now about delivering on this and other projects bringing a much needed economic boost to the town.”