The creation of a civic square in Musselburgh’s historic conservation area would have strong local backing, it emerged this week.
A survey on the Musselburgh Town Centre Strategy shows that almost 90 per cent of respondents support plans for a pedestrianised area near the Old Town Hall in High Street.
The results - obtained by the News - show that 58 per cent of people surveyed said they “strongly agreed” with the proposal, while a further 29 per cent “agreed”.
The consultation also reveals strong support for changes to town centre car parks, as a way of boosting the local economy, along with improved information for visitors.
A proposal to rebrand North High Street as Fisherrow High Street was less popular, with almost 50 per cent of respondents either disagreeing or strongly disagreeing.
While welcoming the findings, SNP councillors in the town have criticised the council’s Labour-led administration for cutting the budget originally allocated to Musselburgh for regeneration projects.
They fear the £1m budget - which now has to be shared with other areas of East Lothian - will no longer stretch to “big ticket items” such as the civic square, with its estimated cost of £700,000 to £900,000.
Full story and comments from SNP and Labour councillors in this week’s Musselburgh News, on sale now.