The KMA-lead team were commissioned by Kirkintilloch Community Council, with funding and support from East Dunbartonshire Council, to provide planning, delivery and analysis support for a KCC-led programme of public engagement. The purpose of this engagement was to develop a thorough understanding of how the community in Kirkintilloch view the town centre and its function now, and how they would like to see it develop in the future.
The period of engagement ran from late November 2017 through to February 2018. The engagement process used a variety of methods to reach people and give them an opportunity to contribute their views.
– Christmas Card Quick Questions and Mapping at the Christmas Light Switch On
– Survey, primarily online, but with hard copy available at The Regent Centre and through local groups
– Pop-up Consultation Events
– Public Drop-in Sessions
– Public Workshops
– Visits to multiple groups in and around Kirkintilloch Town Centre
– Youth and Schools engagement.
This process was very much led by Kirkintilloch Community Council, who used their local knowledge and network to great effect to ensure a wide reach for this process both online and in person. Overall around 1554 people participated and contributed their views on current challenges, opportunities and ideas for the future.
KMA team processed the material and categorised these into themes, each with a vision for the future of Kirkintilloch, alongside projects that were proposed to move the town centre towards the vision ambition.