Lochgilphead Front Green, Colchester Square and Argyll Street are important public spaces within the heart of Lochgilphead. They are a natural focal point for the town for both residents and visitors. Thanks to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, The Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes Fund (CWSR) Fund, HITRANS and Transport Scotland’s Spaces for People fund managed by Sustrans and administered by Argyll and Bute Council, we have the opportunity to work with the local community towards delivering improvements to the Lochgilphead Front Green, Colchester Square and Argyll Street.
Colchester Square and Argyll Street - WORKS COMMENCING
Work has now started to provide a safer and more attractive environment for people to walk and cycle in Colchester Square and Argyll Street and to help support local businesses. Improvements, which are based on proposals which were the subject of previous consultation associated with the Front Green, will see footways widened and resurfaced and enhanced walking and cycling facilities including:
- Improved road crossings
- New cycle parking in the town centre
- More space for pedestrians
- Improved surfaces for anyone with mobility challenges, wheelchair users and prams
A plan of the proposals can be found here.
During the construction period access to properties/businesses will be maintained at all times and every effort will be made to minimize disruption and allow pedestrians to access commercial and residential properties. Allowances will be made for delivery vehicles to commercial premises. Construction is expected to be completed in March 2021.
It has been a long term aspiration of the residents of Lochgilphead to see the Front Green used more by people for community events and for general recreation and enjoyment. This project aims to work with the community to help fulfil the potential of this wonderful public space within the heart of Lochgilphead.
The design was worked through a number of phases of public consultation during 2019 and the proposals received planning consent in November 2019. Procurement for a main contractor is currently ongoing and the current design proposals can be found here. Construction work is expected to commence in 2021.
Planning consent for the finalised proposals was granted on 19 November 2019.
If you wish to view the proposals submitted, please go to our online planning system and search for planning application reference number 19/02018/PP. Click on the ‘Documents’ tab to download and view the proposals.
There is also a separate consent related to the trees along Poltalloch Street, which are located within in a Conservation Area. The proposals can be accessed online via the same link as above, then searching for reference number 19/02040/TPO.
Please scroll down for more information about how the design was developed through public engagement during 2019.
Indicative design proposals - April 2019
Following a great response to the initial ideas on Saturday 9th March – 200 people at the event on the Front Green and 230 commenting online – an indicative design proposal was presented for public comment at a second public event on Saturday 13th April and online (see below). The event on 13th April was attended by around 100 people, with a further 60 people commenting online by the deadline of 23rd April.
If you’re interested in seeing what people said in response to the March 2019 consultation about initial ideas, please follow this link. (8mb PDF).
Please click on the image below to see the indicative design proposal:
To see the full analysis and proposals boards, please click on each image above (please note, the files are quite large, so many take a little time to download)
Transformation Projects and Regeneration Senior Development Officer
Argyll and Bute Council
Phone: 01546 604344