Current Developments

The Cargill Centre
The new Cargill Centre is fully completed. The redeveloped large school building, the landscaping and the redeveloped small school all complement each other extremely well and have added a new and very attractive perspective to the heart of the village. The interior of the large building is very practical, the facilities are popular and in full use by clubs, and for meetings and displays. The Kilmacolm library has moved into the northern half of the small school building. The southern half is now occupied by The New Surgery having completed the fitting out of their new premises.

St Columba's School
The Science block has been redeveloped and the work on the two houses and the new classrooms is complete. This development has fitted in unobtrusively into Gryffe Road.

Balrossie and Smithy Brae
Limited progress on these has taken place. Clearance of the cottage on the site has taken place. The Local Plan has, however, allowed for part of the Green Belt to be used for 40 houses to enable development of the old Gasworks site at Smithy Brae. A new application for Balrossie has been submitted. The outcome is awaited.

Old Community Centre Building
A redevelopment of this site for mixed commercial and housing use has been approved. The developer has now completed the demolition of the old building, The development is progressing slowly, with the framework for the flats now nearing completion.

Development at Avenel
This development of high-value houses on the property originally known as Avenel just off Knockbuckle Road continues. Five houses have been completed. The first house won the Luxury Homes prize in the 2009 Herald Property Awards and the 3rd the 2010 award. The sixth site has been split in two and planning permission granted for two smaller dwellings.

Traffic and Parking
This continues to concern the Civic Trust. There has been some success: (1) two new pedestrian crossing points have been constructed at the cross-roads at the centre of Kilmacolm on Bridge of Weir Road and the road narrowed at those two locations (2) Inverclyde Council has acknowledged that traffic calming measures and a pedestrian crossing point are required on Lochwinnoch Road between Duchal Road and the Cross. Some funding provision has been made to achieve this. Parking remains an issue, both for shop and office staff who require long term parking and shoppers and visitors whose need is much shorter.

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