Auchterarder is set for an upgrade - and the community is invited to have their say.

The Auchterarder and District Community Council and the Auchterarder Community Partnership are working with 7N Architects and Perth and Kinross Council to regenerate the town centre.

Meetings held at the Aytoun Hall are hoped to bring the community together in discussion, and look at how the current town centre might be improved.

All members of the community young and old are welcome to share their aspirations for their town’s future.

Nick Wright from 7N Architects said: “The meeting certainly won’t be a ‘top table’ affair. We will run a series of activities where everyone can get involved and have their say. It should be fun.

“We want to ask people, what do you want your town centre to look like in 10 years?” With a growing population and an already apparent difficulty in space, one pressing issue will be improving the parking in Auchterarder.

Nick continued: “If parking becomes a bigger issue than it already is, it is bad for business and bad for the town. We hope to make sure that Auchterarder is good for business.” However, this will just be one of many issues debated to help boost economic growth and upgrade infrastructure.

Many community groups have already discussed their hopes for the future, and these ideas will also be taken forward at the meeting.

The first meeting will take place on Friday 13 March, and the second on Thursday 9 April, both at 5.30pm. After the first meeting, 7N Architects will work and develop the public’s ideas in time to share them at the next meeting.

Nick believes that it is important to consult the people who live in the area of the regeneration. He added: “There are too many examples of planners and architects doing things that don’t work for the community, like high rise blocks.

“It is good practice to respond to community ideas, as the people who live there know the area better than what we do.

“It is the community groups and businesses that animate their towns, and so it is vital to get their opinions before we draw up any plans.” Auchterarder is set for an upgrade - and the community is invited to have their say.

The Auchterarder and District Community Council and the Auchterarder Community Partnership are working with 7N Architects and Perth and Kinross Council to regenerate the town centre.

Meetings held at the Aytoun Hall are hoped to bring the community together in discussion, and look at how the current town centre might be improved.

All members of the community young and old are welcome to share their aspirations for their town’s future.

Nick Wright from 7N Architects said: “The meeting certainly won’t be a ‘top table’ affair. We will run a series of activities where everyone can get involved and have their say. It should be fun.

“We want to ask people, what do you want your town centre to look like in 10 years?” With a growing population and an already apparent difficulty in space, one pressing issue will be improving the parking in Auchterarder.

Nick continued: “If parking becomes a bigger issue than it already is, it is bad for business and bad for the town. We hope to make sure that Auchterarder is good for business.” However, this will just be one of many issues debated to help boost economic growth and upgrade infrastructure.

Many community groups have already discussed their hopes for the future, and these ideas will also be taken forward at the meeting.

The first meeting will take place on Friday 13 March, and the second on Thursday 9 April, both at 5.30pm. After the first meeting, 7N Architects will work and develop the public’s ideas in time to share them at the next meeting.

Nick believes that it is important to consult the people who live in the area of the regeneration. He added: “There are too many examples of planners and architects doing things that don’t work for the community, like high rise blocks.

“It is good practice to respond to community ideas, as the people who live there know the area better than what we do.

“It is the community groups and businesses that animate their towns, and so it is vital to get their opinions before we draw up any plans.”