UPDATE: Vicar Street (phase 06B) will be fully open from 20th December 2017.
Improving the Public Realm in the Town Centre is an important aspect of the Falkirk THI. Because people are attracted to and enjoy living, working and visiting historic, locally distinctive and well-kept places, the THI aims to improve the economic and social success of Falkirk Town Centre by creating a high-quality urban environment where people will want to spend their time and money.
The Public Realm scheme is a £1.7m project and represents a significant investment in the physical appearance and appeal of the town centre as a shopping and tourism destination. The scheme will last approximately 12 months and started in May 2017. MacLay Civil Engineering Ltd has been appointed as the contractor to deliver the scheme of work. The improvements include the repair and restoration of historic pends and closes, resurfacing streets and footpaths to improve pedestrian conditions and lighting improvements to enhance town centre safety.
We held an initial public consultation about the scheme in February 2016, prior to the project being progressed to planning application stage. The planning application was successful and the delivery plans have been updated to reflect comments received during the consultation. There was a public display of the updated public realm plans in the Howgate Shopping Centre in May 2017, providing the public with an opportunity to view them.
The first phase of the works begun in Cow Wynd which has since been completed. The next phase in Manor Street commenced on 3rd July 2017 and is now complete. Works to Kirk Wynd are complete and the southern section of Vicar St (from Princes St up towards the High St) will complete on 20th December 2017. After Christmas, work will commence on the northern section of Vicar St and the junction with Princes St, Upper Newmarket St and Newmarket St.
During the project, the contractor will try to keep disturbance to a minimum but major disruption to normal town centre activity is unavoidable in a project of this scale and complexity.
Please see the documents below for more detail about the work and timescales for the different phases.