THE findings of a community workshop aimed at improving North Berwick were delivered at a public meeting of the local area partnership.

More than 70 people attended the meeting last Tuesday evening, at which a host of potential projects were discussed.

Among the 40-plus ideas talked about were improvements to walking areas and access at the east end of High Street by widening pavements and slowing traffic and a better parking strategy.

Slowing the speed of traffic and reducing the perceived threat from vehicles were among the priorities, but there was no suggestion of pedestrianising the High Street.

The community consultation event, known as a charrette, was carried out by Kevin Murray Associates, in partnership with East Lothian Council and the area partnership earlier this year.

Revealing the findings last week, Kevin Murray said: “The committed and enthusiastic engagement in the design consultation process carried out in May with the community has produced a wide-range of exciting outcomes that can have a real and lasting impact on the quality of the town centre as a place that everyone can access and enjoy.”

Tom Shearer, head of communities and partnerships at East Lothian Council added: “East Lothian Council is delighted to be a partner in the presentation of this report on the North Berwick Charrette.

“The exercise was virtually unparalleled in the extent to which it brought community groups and individuals throughout the area together to discuss the issues facing the town and debate and shape a vision for its future by devising practical and affordable solutions with the guidance of council officials and other experts tailored to the needs and characteristics of the community.

“We shall look forward in the coming months to continued close co-operation with the community in work to prioritise and implement the changes identified in the report.”

Hilary Smith, chairwoman of North Berwick Community Council (NBCC), told the Courier: “The results of the charrette have made some fantastic suggestions that can help make this a really great place to live, work and get around for everyone.”