Falkirk Council Officers reported that little was left in terms
of negotiation and the start is expected early next year with February
being targeted as likely start date.
Work on the Queen Mary building was scheduled
to start in conjunction with the Waterfront Initiative and again
targeted for February 2007.
THI (Townscape Heritage Initiative)
Work is proceeding with the hippodrome and various
experienced people are coming forward to offer assistance with developing
the history of the former cinema.
Extended streetscape work is again anticipated
to begin in February.
Progress had been made with funding application
for 15-22 North Street and around a dozen grant applications for
both residential premises and shop fronts have been or being processed.
Works had been completed on the first grant application.
PARK PLAY EQUIPMENT
The three styles of Play Park agreed between
Councillors and Officials have been presented to the two closest
Primary Schools and St Mary's Primary which has a whole town catchment
Plans and drawings of the preferred design can
be viewed here (pdf,
There has been growing concern expressed by members
of the public and certain town centre traders over the danger caused
by the speed at which some drivers enter South Street from the East.
There has been considerable discussion between
Councillors, Officials and Central Scotland Police over developing
a plan to address this problem.
A plan indicating the proposals which include
an elongated nib, smaller nib and a zebra crossing accompanied the
report and can be viewed here
(pdf, 525k). These works will have no impact on the new
The very extensive Housing Improvement Programme
amounting to circa £7 million over the last six years is continuing
in the Hillcrest/Jessfield area with considerable works having been
done or planned to enhance the appearance and safety of the exterior
parts of the estate.
As part of these works a section of the peripheral
wall on Linlithgow Road will be demolished and rebuilt together
with the associated steps.
A safety barrier for these works is already in
The work base for composting activity is being
laid. Bunds to screen site activity from the birds at the lagoon
are either completed or nearing completion.
These works are being monitored by Falkirk Council,
SNH and SEPA. It is anticipated it will be another two months before
the site is ready and available for use.
BO'NESS TOWN HALL
Two projects totalling £110,000 are progressing.
The new kitchen has been installed and only snagging
works remain with the kitchen becoming operational in January.
Moulds have been taken of the uprights of the
balustrades but there is uncertainty over the manufacturing time.
In any event the project will have to be complete by the end of
Due to recent reports in the local press regarding
dissatisfaction with the Town Hall, although not regarded as entirely
accurate, a meeting with the Cultural Services Manager, Officers,
Councillors and all users will be held early in the New Year to
review the matter.
criticism regarding the dangerous situation with parking in double
yellow lines outside the Co-op on Linlithgow Road has resulted in
proposals to install a crossing island and some road re-alignment
to address the problem.
Design drawings accompaned the report and can
be seen here (pdf, 338k).