Revealed: shape of Gala town centre to come

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MAJOR improvements to a Galashiels town centre street to create an events space will resume in February.

As part of the phase four of the Galashiels Inner Relief Road (GIRR) project, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) plans to reduce the number of benches at Channel Street’s pedestrian zone and control traffic through it.

The council will begin work on turning Market Square into an “attractive” pedestrian link from newer developments such as Gala Water Retail Park to the town centre.

Green spaces will enhanced, natural stone used and flower beds added to improve the appearance of the former site of Galashiels bus station.

It is also proposed to simplify the junction at Cornmill Square, Paton Street and Albert Place before April.

The work will aim to allow more space for pedestrians alongside further proposed work, to be undertaken in the new financial year of 2012-13.

An SBC spokesman said: “All of the designs for the civic spaces have been developed using comments received at the public exhibition held in November 2010.

“Consultation has continued with the Roads Consultation Group, which is made up of representatives from the Galashiels community.”

The last of the GIRR phase four improvements will also take place in 2012-13 at Market Street and the High Street, with increased parking, pavement widening and creation of a business delivery point.