Improving how Lanark is presented to locals and visitors
- improvements to shop frontages,
- renovation of the closes and vennels,
- creating a Lanark brand,
- making it easier to access car parking and
- improving and updating public signage.
Shop Front Improvement Grant (launching early 2020)
Key projects identified in the Business Plan 2019 – 2024 include:
This match-funding scheme will assist businesses to improve the exterior appearance of their premises including redecoration, new signage, improved disabled access and so on.
Discover Lanark wishes to encourage premises owners to maintain frontages and install shop signs which are in keeping with the town centre’s historical environment and particular emphasis will be placed on applications which meet South Lanarkshire Council’s guidance on shop front design.
Gateway Improvements (launching early 2020)
A key priority is to enhance the three main gateways into the town centre: Bannatyne Street, St Leonard Street and West Port / Bloomgate.
In 2020 the, the focus will be on Bannatyne Street with targeted shop front improvements, collaborative work with the owners of vacant properties, public realm enhancements and an emphasis on improving the experience when accessing the town via public transport.
Wellgate Light Ceiling (December 2019)
Discover Lanark has worked with Blachere Illuminations to install a ‘light ceiling’ in the top part of Wellgate with the objective of supporting the evening economy businesses in the area.
The ceiling will be illuminated annually through the Christmas period up until the end of March providing a welcoming atmosphere for visitors on an evening out.
Renovation of Closes (August 2019 – ongoing)
The BID had funded a comprehensive renovation of nine town centre closes. The closes have been repainted and had new and extra energy efficient light fittings installed. The next steps of the project include refurbishing the close signs and installing panels explaining the history of each close and the history behind their names.
This project followed on from a 2018 shopper survey which revealed that a small but significant number of respondents avoid the closes after dark.