projects which have been on the drawing-board for some time are
poised to become a reality within the next few weeks.
Both celebrate the long industrial and commercial heritage that
Bo'ness has been associated; seafaring and mining.
Revealed last week was the news that the Community Council's planned
mining memorial is nearing completion with the final stages of preparation
and construction scheduled to begin within weeks.
The good news is that a pit-head winding wheel has been sourced
following an extensive nationwide search. The wheel, to be sited
on the grass verge on Union Street close to the existing car parking,
will form the centrepiece of the joint Community Council/Bonnie
Council's development services department has also supported the
Community Council and Bonnie Bo'ness over the
mining memorial. The project became bogged down after only raising
half the expected capital costs. Falkirk council has carried out
design work and other "behind the scenes" activities to ensure
that the memorial goes ahead. Work is expected to start following
the end of
year on March 31.
Seafield Place Roundabout
More immediate news is that contractors are already
moving in on the Seaview Place roundabout, at
the foot of Church Wynd, with it due for
a massive facelift. MW Contracts are expected within days to begin
work landscaping the existing mono-block roundabout.
centre feature will be a massive dockside windlass. Falkirk Council's
department has worked up a design incorporating the windlass and shrubs.
The maritime theme is intended to evoke an image of the town's historic
roundabout project was a project suggested by Bonnie Bo'ness to
brightern up the entrance to the town from Church Wynd and has
been driven by Falkirk Council's town centres strategy group with
of the Bo'ness
John Constable, convener of the Bo'ness regeneration working party,
councillors for seeing through the mining memorial project, and
praised Bonnie Bo'ness volunteers for their commitment to the roundabout
Council convener, Len Ainslie/ said this week: "I'm
delighted at the progress which has been made with both the mining
the Seaview Place roundabout. Everyone involved has done a wonderful
job pulling these projects together."
A spokeswoman for the town centres strategy group said: "What we have
here are two long-standing projects which are being brought to a sucessful
conclusion." But she warned of some traffic disruption, saying: "The
contractors are due on site within a few days and motorists are advised
that there will be lane restrictions in place for two or three weeks."