Quakerfield Shops

by Tommy Cattigan 4th March 2013

After consultation by Stirling Council roads officers with the shop owners, Bannockburn Community Council, the general public and other community groups, a proposed drawing was provided showing what the finish in front of the shopping parade would look like upon completion.

We are now one month into the refurbishment at the front of the shops at Quakerfield all can now begin to see the difference this will make to the community using the shops.  This is being done in two phases the first part is from the bank to the bookies at East Murrayfield.

quakerfieldplan

The many large trees at the shops have been removed, this includes all the roots from the trees which were causing a problem with the footpaths in various area’s. Parking area on main road has been made wider. All of the garden beds in the first phase have been removed, making the walk way larger. Street lights will be moved back from where they are at present and will have two lamps on these instead of one, providing additional lighting at parade.

The large plants purchased and installed in front of the bank last year by the community council have been lifted, they have been replanted elsewhere in the community, the winter bedding plants at the bank area will be lifted the best of these will be re-used for a third time elsewhere in the community providing additional colour at no cost.

The dangerous tree at the grocers end has also been removed with all of its roots, this now has a flat asphalt finish ensuring the safe footing of all. The moving of the garden area at the grocers end of the shops will provide a larger clear area for the community to use.

There will also be be new seating installed at the garden area, this will also have a feature area which may in time accommodate a piece of public art- town clock- or something else that the community may want. When all work is complete this will provide a large flat surface for the benefit of all.

As all will see, a large part of the car park at the rear is being used to store materials safely, after discussion with Council officers two disabled parking bays will be available for use at all times for the blue badge holders in the community during this project.

In addition to the original consultation, is that there will be a new pelican crossing (traffic lights) installed at the Empire Bar location, ensuring the safe use of the crossing at this area. This was one of the suggestions put forward during the consultation on the new cycle route.  The crossing in place at present was upgraded last year due to this needing upgraded to ensure safe use by the community at this time. The material (lights etc) from this area will be re-used at another crossing identified by Stirling Council Roads officers that needs upgraded.

I am sure all in the community will express their own opinion, thanks should go to all officers, employees and sub-contractor’s on site for a job to date well done. It is hoped on completion of the project arrangements will be made to provide pictures for all to see on  the before and after with any updated information.

Click here or the image above to view the proposed site layout plan.

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