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COUNCIL Survey Attracted Strong Public Support For George Square Traffic Ban

A PERMANENT ban on traffic at Glasgow’s George Square was backed by two-thirds of people who responded to public consultation.

A newly-released City Council document reveals that more than 5,000 citizens took part in the survey last year.

Sixty-seven per cent were in favour of closing the high profile civic space to vehicles for good.

Three sides of the square were closed to vehicles during the European sports championships in August last year

The figures are contained in a report that proposes further consultation about the future of the square itself. No update is given on whether the traffic ban will be going ahead.

The document states that one of the priorities in the council’s Strategic Plan requires that it considers the refurbishment of George Square once city centre developments in and around the square — such as The Avenues public realm project — are completed.

The report continues: “The Avenues programme will be issuing a tender for works adjacent to George Square, so there is a requirement to engage people to discuss current and desired use.”

A series of  engagement activities is proposed to get the public’s views.  City urbanist Professor Brian Evans will be involved in the project.

The report states: “It is essential that Glasgow City Council engage people in the design process, to ensure we go beyond informing and consulting and actually involve people through engagement.”