Scotland Loves Local Streets and Spaces Award
Winner: Argyll and Bute Council
The transformation of Lochgilphead’s Front Green and Argyll Street took our streets and spaces prize
The revamp has included the creation of a new public square and has been credited with driving wide improvement.
The Streets and Spaces category was supported by Sustrans.
Argyll and Bute Council was presented with the accolade after judges heard how the project, which also saw the play park refurbished as well as enhanced walking and cycling facilities created, has delivered significant environmental improvements to the key town centre area.
Improvements at Front Green and Argyll Street have been a long-held community aspiration, with the need to improve play facilities championed particularly by Lochgilphead Community Council. Lochgilphead Phoenix Project was also part of a steering group which met as designs were developed.
The new public square has been designed to allow events to be held there, including the annual bonfire and fireworks display, Remembrance and Christmas lights switch-on. With the space now available, it is hoped that further community events will develop visitor numbers and resident use.
Award judges were told: “The Front Green site has only been open a short while. We are, however, already seeing a large number of people – residents and visitors – using the site.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests that people are staying longer in Lochgilphead to visit the area, particularly the play facilities. We expect that this will have knock-on benefits for local businesses.
“Feedback has been positive. A renewed sense of pride is emerging as people see the improvements and appreciate the investment in their community.”
The runners-up were Dundee City Council and UNESCO City of Design Dundee (Union Street project) and The Corner Project, Darvel.
Runners - Up
The Corner Project, Darvel
Dundee City Council and UNESCO City of Design Dundee (Union Street Project)