Larkhall residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in a community consultation that could lead to an exciting new future for the city’s King Street.
Two online surveys, one for members of the public and the second for local business owners and operators, have been launched by the Larkhall Community Growers (LCG) group.
Those surveys solicit feedback on the idea of turning King Street into a pedestrian meet-and-greet space.
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The idea for a downtown community space grew out of suggestions from the ‘Our Larkhall – Your Voice Matters’ survey, conducted by the Larkhall Plan Partnership two years ago, which attracted 1,800 responses from members of the public.
A key finding was that many local people wanted an outdoor community space in the center of town.
LCG President Nancy Barr told Lanarkshire Live: “The whole purpose of this consultation is to respond directly to what the people of Larkhall said they wanted for their town.
“People highlighted that there is no community space in the center of the city and said that is something they would like to see.
“Now that COVID-19 has happened, the lack of outdoor community spaces has become an even bigger problem, and we know from talking to people locally that the opportunity to come together as a community is something that is more important than ever.” now than ever
“So this survey is being conducted because community space is something that residents have told us they want. The big questions now are: is King Street the right place for it? What are the priorities for community outdoor space? Will local people and businesses support this idea?
“We want to make sure we capture everyone’s thoughts and any concerns about doing something like this, so that everyone’s opinion is heard and understood.”
The survey invites local people to think about what an outdoor community space could be used for, from seating to bike parking; action areas for historical and heritage information; planting and landscaping to event spaces.
The community consultation is being run by Alan Jones Associates, who specialize in strategic community development, and the project has been made possible with financial support from South Lanarkshire Council.
Alan Jones said: “This is a community led consultation for the benefit of the community – it is about understanding what the people of Larkhall want.
“LCG is taking a truly responsible approach, one that is based on listening, and we are delighted to be working with them to independently assess the community’s views on this idea.”
The online community survey and business survey are available online, but hard copies are also available from Lighthouse on King Street.
The anonymous survey is open until Friday, February 4, and LCG encourages all members of the community to participate.
Nancy added, “The survey only takes five minutes to complete, but it’s five minutes in which you can help decide how we can create a space in the center of our city that could improve the appearance of the area.”