Communities asked to re-imagine Hurlford Village Centre

Residents, businesses and stakeholders in Hurlford are being invited to take part in an ambitious collaborative design process to re-imagine the village centre.

The Hurlford Street Design Project is set to launch at a public event on Wednesday 2nd October, after East Ayrshire Council successfully applied to Sustrans Scotland earlier this year for support through Sustrans’ Street Design Programme.

The project will work directly with local people between now and June 2020 to develop a concept design which aims to:
• Celebrate local history and heritage;
• Provide access for all;
• Address vehicle dominance and speeds; and
• Enhance public spaces.

There are no proposals at this stage as this will be inspired and led by the community but improvements could be made to the street environment on Mauchline Road, Academy Street and Cessnock Road.

The first public event, Discover, will be in the form of a pop up park on the corner of Mauchline Road and Academy Street on Wednesday 2nd October between 3-7pm. Everyone is welcome to drop-by, share their knowledge of the area and find out more. Refreshments will be on offer alongside activities run by Kilmarnock’s Active Travel Hub.

On the same day, an interactive website will be launched giving people the opportunity to highlight areas and ideas for improvement before closing on Friday 18 October: https://hurlford.commonplace.is/

Emily Davie, Street Design Project Coordinator, Sustrans, said: “This is the first in a series of activities in the area where we collaborate with local residents, businesses and stakeholders to re-imagine the centre of Hurlford Village.

“We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to share and develop their ideas on how the street environment can be improved to ensure this is a more attractive and accessible place to spend time in and travel to on foot, by bike or wheel.

“We’d encourage anyone with an interest in the area to come along to share their knowledge and ideas for change. Whether you live, work or travel through the area, we would love to hear from you.”

East Ayrshire Council local members Fiona Campbell, John Campbell, Barry Douglas Jon Herd are all taking an active part in the process. They said: “We all very much welcome what will be a major enhancement to the local environment. As with our Placemaking processes which we’re running throughout East Ayrshire, the emphasis here is very much on harnessing local knowledge, the wishes of the community and professional expertise to come up with the best possible solutions for those who live and work here.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing the project as it develops.”

The project follows a four stage process with engagement activities taking place throughout the next few months: Discover (October); Develop (November); Design (March) and Display (April) before being handed over to East Ayrshire Council in June 2020 to develop further.

To find out more about Sustrans Street Design Programme please visit: www.sustrans.org.uk/street-design.

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About Sustrans Scotland’s Street Design Programme