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Evening Times - - NEWS - BY DREW SANDELANDS

AM­BI­TIOUS pro­pos­als for the re­gen­er­a­tion of the cen­tre of Glas­gow over the next decade will soon go out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

A 10-year re­gen­er­a­tion plan has been drawn up, which in­cludes tak­ing cars away from the city cen­tre, the re­design of Ge­orge Square and re­vamp­ing Hielan­man’s Um­brella.

It could also see more trees, a ‘green’ pedes­trian loop link­ing Ge­orge Square and Blythswood Square with the planned river­side park and work to pre­serve his­toric build­ings.

Ideas in­clude new canopies on city cen­tre streets to keep peo­ple out of the rain, more art in pub­lic spa­ces and im­prov­ing the nightlife and cul­tural of­fer­ing, with sug­ges­tions such as a night cin­ema and open­ing up a rooftop for par­ties.

Th­ese pho­tos show how two Glas­gow streets – West Ge­orge Street and Both­well Street – could have changed by 2030. The fu­ture of the ‘heart of the city’, which in­cludes the two ma­jor rail sta­tions, Buchanan Street, Ge­orge Square and parts of Ar­gyle Street and Sauchiehal­l Street, has been laid out in the draft Cen­tral District Re­gen­er­a­tion Frame­work.

It is one of nine frame­works be­ing pro­duced for city cen­tre dis­tricts. Coun­cil­lors are ex­pected to back the launch of a 10-week con­sul­ta­tion, start­ing on De­cem­ber 6, at a meet­ing on Thurs­day.

De­liv­er­ing the frame­work will re­quire a “truly col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ship be­tween all stake­hold­ers”, the coun­cil says.

The plan out­lines how the num­ber of cars in the city cen­tre will be re­duced. The M8 could be­come an in­ner city ring re­lief road, with no through-traf­fic in the city cen­tre.

‘Edge of city cen­tre’ park­ing would be in­tro­duced, with ideas

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