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Haddington Town Centre Project

Published Tuesday 25th July 17

Haddington

Collaborative approach to improve Haddington town centre

East Lothian Council in conjunction with the Haddington Community Development Trust, Haddington and District Business Association, Haddington and District Community Council, and Haddington and District Amenity Society, are developing a project to improve Haddington Town Centre. ‎

Building on the aspirations set out by the community in the Vision for Haddington Town Centre report the project will work in partnership to implement a series of improvements.

The Vision for Haddington Report argued that: “Haddington’s High Street should be one of the best town squares in Scotland: a vibrant and attractive focus for Town Centre trade and activity. It is not difficult to imagine a bustling space where cafes and shops spread out onto widened pavements, with attractive places for people to meet, linger and enjoy themselves. Getting about on foot should be much easier; car access and parking, whilst important, should be less dominant.”

Douglas Proudfoot, Head of Service (Development) at East Lothian Council, said:

“We’re pleased to be working with partners from across the community to continue our support for Haddington. This project gives us all the opportunity to build on Haddington’s strengths and establish it’s Town Centre as a prosperous, accessible, safe, and sustainable place for people to live, work, and visit.

In addition to contributions from the Council and the HCDT we have secured funding from Sustrans to develop new design proposals for the Town Centre.

Ironside Farrar have been appointed by the Council as the design team and they will be working with the community over the coming months. They have been asked to develop options, priorities, and designs that will have the greatest positive economic and social impact on the town, ones that will support a flourishing economy and help build a prosperous, accessible, safe, and sustainable Town Centre.”

Statement on behalf of the Board and Committees of the Haddington Community Development Trust, Community Council, and Business Associations:

“We are delighted to be able to announce that a consultant team, led by Ironside Farrar, have been appointed by East Lothian Council to develop a new design for Haddington’s Town Centre.

This project is very much a continuation of the Vision initiative, which led to the establishing of the Community Development Trust in early 2013, and which set out a bold agenda to improve our town centres’ streets.

The Edinburgh based firm Ironside Farrar led a strong field interviewed at the end of March by the Community Development Trust, represented by Andrew Robinson, together with representatives of the Council.  The Trust, Haddington Business Association and Haddington Community Council, will assist the council as members of a steering group.

An initial walk round the town centre with the consultants – represented by Julian Farrar, Jan Pope and Sam Shortt – took place on 27 April and we now await a programme of events over the summer and early autumn as the consultants develop their thinking and seek community response.

This is a significant project for the town and those within the council who have secured the funding for this project should be congratulated.”

Statement from Sustrans:

“Sustrans are delighted to support East Lothian in their vision for Haddington Town Centre, the Sustrans Community Links Programme which is supported by the Scottish Government is designed not only to provide funding towards A to B cycling infrastructure but to projects that support people to travel actively on everyday journeys to reach local amenities and services. Walking and cycling are at the core of the vision put forward to make Haddington Town Centre a vibrant hub and a place for people.”

East Lothian Council has established a project steering group to oversee the project. This is made up of representatives from the HDBA, HCDT, HDCC, HADAS, and Local Area Partnership.

During the summer and early autumn, Ironside Farrar will run a number of consultation and design events that members of the public and the business community can get involved with. These will give everyone with an interest in the Town Centre the chance to contribute to the design proposals. Regular project updates and details of events will be available on the HCDT website, as well as in the press and via social media.

Twitter: @TrustHaddington #DesignHaddington

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HaddingtonCDT

Web: http://trusthaddington.org.uk/

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