Plans for Improvements of Broomhill

CLS have been recently appointed to work with MAST Architects on a series of consultations in the Broomhill area of Greenock. Together with TGP Landscape Architects, MAST are working with the Broomhill community and a specially formed design group to prepare an area study that will set out ideas and guidelines that will transform the area.

Willie Croft, the Director of Development and Property Services at River Clyde Homes, has attended various public meetings in Broomhill and found a real commitment to the area from residents. He said, “River Clyde Homes aims to invest millions of pounds in bringing this important part of the town back to its former glory as a great place to live. We are determined that the people who live there should have the biggest say in how money is spent.”

CONSULTATION DAY

After producing a number of promotional materials, CLS held a consultation event in the centre of Broomhill. This gave the local community an opportunity to share their thoughts and was well attended by residents of all ages from throughout the neighbourhood.Broomhill Consultation Day

Making the most of the fabulous July sunshine, a community engagement event was held in the car park adjacent to the local shops off Mill Street in the afternoon of 17 July 2013 so that the local community could share their ideas and provide their valuable local knowledge with the design team. The event offered the opportunity to not only chat with the design team and River Clyde Homes to share residents’ issues and ideas but also to have a bit of fun with a mobile climbing wall, face painting and nail bar.

Many of the residents who attended the event told us that there’s a great community spirit in Broomhill and it’s a good location to live in as it’s handy for town and the local schools are excellent.

But we were also told that in recent years the strong community spirit was being lost and support is needed to keep a good local feel and sense of community.

Local residents would like to see dramatic changes to the look and feel of the area – in particular making it feel ‘less grey and dirty’ and adding ‘more greenery’ and generally cleaning up the open space. The most common point raised was the lack of things for kids to do in the area (both activities and facilities).

Almost all of the people who spoke to us on the day told us they would like play parks built that cater for children and young people of all ages but stressed that vandalism is a huge issue so there needs to be community ownership and involvement in the building of any facilities alongside provision of activities for young people so they have something to divert them from vandalism.

It was also suggested that the need for comfortable space for breastfeeding within the park should be considered given the high number of young mums in the area.

Another common request was for a community centre and associated activities and facilities. Broomhill Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) are currently working with Inverclyde Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) to look at the feasibility of establishing a community centre on the site of the Mearns Centre in Mearns Street.

Support was expressed for the need to retain the shops as they are an important local facility and could benefit from some physical improvements to make them more attractive and some support to the businesses occupying them.

It was suggested that the area should have some sort of community growing space to allow those interested in gardening.

Concern was also expressed about the state of closes and backcourts and if they are to be improved they will need to be regularly inspected and maintained.

Some residents also requested better drying areas and associated equipment as well as a need to relocate bin stores from the fronts of properties to the backs.

DESIGN GROUP

A group of eight residents have formed a design group to help guide the process. They have met three Broomhill bus tourtimes and will continue to meet every two to three weeks throughout the process to review the work undertaken and provide feedback on designs.

To help the design group with this process, five of them took part in a bus tour on Wednesday 24 July 2013, visiting eight different sites across Inverclyde, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire. The sites were chosen as they represented similar spaces as those in Broomhill and included examples of back courts, pocket parks, allotments, village greens and a play park. The group were accompanied on their visit by Michael Jarvis from MAST, Matthew Benians from TGP and Jonathan Shaw from River Clyde Homes.

 

For any enquiries relating to the Broomhill improvements project, please contact:

MAST Architects – Michael Jarvis
0141 221 6834 | michael@mastarchitects.co.uk

TGP Landscape Architects – Matthew Benians
0141 429 2999 | matthew@tgp.uk.com

River Clyde Homes – Jonathan Shaw
0147 578 8903 | Jonathan.Shaw@riverclydehomes.org.uk

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