Shawlands Town Centre is a Tier 2 Town Centre in South Glasgow, supporting an immediate catchment of over 21,000 people and a secondary catchment of over 45,000.
Its performance however has been challenged by changes in the retail environment, new consumer habits and the arrival of the internet.
The Council's concern is that if this continues unchecked, it may begin to affect the attractiveness of the wider area.
Glasgow City Council and a range of partners, including Shawlands & Strathbungo Community Council and Shawlands Business Association have been working together to develop a turnaround strategy. This work culminated in the publication of the Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan in May 2012 and a 5 year commitment by the Council to invest £3.3M in centre improvements.
To take the Plan forward, the Council has developed a cross party Executive Board with supporting sub groups to coordinate improvements in:-
A set of links to the approved plan and its background research are available under related documents. It provides a summary of what businesses and customers have told the Council as they have developed the plan, independent research on the catchment area, the people who live there and how Shawlands can successfully 'reposition' itself to compete more effectively.
Among a variety of projects delivered so far is the unique 'Shawlands Gate' outdoor digital animation studio developed in collaboration with the students at Shawlands Academy in 2012.
Last year the Council designated Shawlands Cross as a Conservation Area and in May 2014, the first phase of footway and lighting improvements were completed on Kilmarnock Road to support a more attractive restaurant and evening environment.
This will compliment similar destinations around the city and put Shawlands firmly on the map for good food and café culture.