Have your say on the future of Bo’ness

Make sure your voice is heard on the future of Bo'ness
Make sure your voice is heard on the future of Bo'ness

Falkirk Council wants to know what YOU think are the main issues for future development in the district over the next 20 years.

A three-month consultation has been launched where Bo’ness residents will have a chance to have their say about issues affecting jobs, housing and community facilities throughout the area in advance of publication of its local development plan.

Councillor Dennis Goldie said: “The Local Development Plan shapes many major aspects of our local and wider communities in their future development and the impact this can have. It is therefore really important that everyone makes their views and opinions known so that the final plan reflects the real wishes of our local communities.”

Once consultation is completed, the local development plan will form a final blueprint for economic growth, planning and development across the area. The final version should be adopted by the council in January 2020.

Key areas for discussion include where new housing developments should be sited for 1500 new homes, how to adjust to changing shopping habits and the way this will affect town centres, the way forward to develop high quality places to live, work and visit where businesses should be encouraged to locate and expand and in what sectors.

Councillor Goldie, the council’s spokesperson for economic development said: “Our area has seen significant growth over the past 20 years and has brought many benefits as well as many challenges for local communities.

“Future planning for the next 20 years is essential so that our communities can maximise the opportunities that growth brings while balancing this with appropriate development.”

Consultation lasts until Friday, May 5 with a series of roadshows to show off the proposals and a chance to speak to council representatives who will explain the wider issues. The Bo’ness roadshows are on Monday February 27 at Bo’ness Recreation Centre and Saturday March 25 at Tesco.

Other roadshows are at Denny Library, Slamannan Community Education Centre, Bonnybridge Community Education Centre, Greenpark Community Education Centre, Polmont, Grangemouth Community Education Centre, Tesco Redding, Ettrick Dochart Community Hall, Hallglen, Maddiston Community Education Centre, Bothkennar Primary School, Skinflats,Larbert Library, The Power Station, Whitecross, Howgate Centre, Falkirk and Airth Community Hall.