PEOPLE in Dumbarton and the Vale are being asked to have their say on proposals to transform the centre of Alexandria over the next 10 years.

A two-week consultation has been launched by West Dunbartonshire Council and the Alexandria Community Action Network (ACAN) on a “2030 vision” for the whole of the town.

The plans set out by ACAN see Alexandria as “a vibrant green place established as a significant hub of enterprise, participation and heritage; availing of its unique locations it offers the connectivity of Glasgow to the tranquillity of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs; [and] a place of significant spirit and activity providing a place to explore for residents and visitors”.

Proposals outlined by the council to achieve that aim include wider and better pavements, canopy repairs, seating and more greenery along Main Street between the Smollett Fountain and the town’s community education centre.

The early plans also include working with building owners to find funding for repairs, shop front improvements and bringing the upper floors of some properties back into use.

One of the most significant proposals involves transforming the area on either side of the town’s railway station by building up to 200 new houses, supporting the provision of green space, and removing the big roundabout at the station, while bringing back the old direct routes of Bank Street and Chapel Street.

Launching the consultation, a council spokesperson said: “We want to check with you that we’re going in the right direction.

“We’d like to ask for your support for the town centre projects and elements of the 2030 vision that you think will best unlock Alexandria’s potential.”

The proposals and vision can be viewed online, and responses submitted, at and the closing date for comments is Sunday, June 20.

To speak to a real person about the plans, call Nick Wright on 07900 334110.