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Work to refurbish Alva’s Stirling Street is underway.
The £1.6 million project has been three years in the making and has involved intensive community engagement. The design and improvements have been created in collaboration with Alva Community Plan Action Group, which is a sub-group of Alva Community Council, Alva Development Trust and Sustrans.
Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, which is supported by Transport Scotland, has confirmed £889,000 funding with the Council providing at least £600,000.
The project will improve Stirling Street between Queen Street and Brook Street with work including:
Three new traffic controlled pedestrian crossings will be installed on Stirling Street, one near to Queen Street, one at Cobden Street and near to Brook Street. The junctions at Queen Street, Brook Street and Cobden Street will be raised to slow traffic and to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists.
A new car park will be created at the north end of Norton Street.
Environment spokesperson Councillor Craig Holden said: “I am delighted to see this work getting underway and am impressed by what has been achieved through a truly collective effort. This represents a significant capital investment for the Council and I’m sure it will bring tangible improvements for local people and businesses.”
Sustrans Scotland Infrastructure Manager Thomas Haddock said: “This is a fantastic project, which has been led by the Alva community through the Action Group. We look forward to seeing the completed works, which will create a more pleasant, accessible space for the whole community to enjoy.”
Sandra Rees on behalf of the Alva CAPlan Group said: “The CAPLan Group is delighted with the investment in Alva, particularly the town centre. The Group has met periodically since 2018 with Clackmannanshire Council officers from the Traffic & Transportation and Planning Teams for consultation on how to deliver outcomes from the Alva Community Action Plan report, published in 2015 following a survey of all Alva households. Over 650 people called into the three day public consultation in February 2019 to see and comment on plans for the regeneration of Alva town centre. The final plans are a result of a shared vision for a 'clean, bright and attractive main street' (quote from the action plan recommendations) and should strengthen the identity of Alva and make it more functional for residents and visitors alike. Driving change from the ground up on behalf of the wider Alva community, the CAPLan Group consider collaboration with Clackmannanshire Council for this project to have been a good example of community empowerment and would like to thank the officers.”
The works is being carried out by JH Civil Engineering, following a competitive tendering process, and is due to be completed in November 2021.