The 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, Lochgilphead Phoenix Project and the Co-operative Local Community Fund, 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 ongoing
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
For more detailed information about the works, and weekly progress updates, please see our Lochgilphead public realm works page
During the construction period access to properties/businesses will be maintained at all times and every effort will be made to minimise 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 April 2021.
Front Green - works starting soon
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. We have now appointed contractors, Hawthorn Heights Ltd, to deliver the scheme of improvements which will include a new play park, a new public square, enhanced drainage and land raising, more seating, walking and cycling facilities. It is expected that works will start during May 2021 and continue throughout the rest of the year.
The design was worked through a number of phases of public consultation during 2019 and the proposals received planning consent in November 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).
The draft developed design proposals were on show at Front Green on Saturday 24th August 2019 following which the planning application was submitted.
Transformation Projects and Regeneration Senior Development Officer
Argyll and Bute Council
Phone: 01546 604344