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It is true that North Lanarkshire Council ignored our seminar on design proposals for Cumbernauld (AJ 27.04.06). The council, through a private company it has formed named Campsies Centre Cumbernauld, is planning the redevelopment of the town in secret.

So secret that one of the company's directors claims he has not even met the new developer.

Campsies Centre Cumbernauld has sent a glossy brochure to every resident telling them the Antonine Centre is 'transforming Cumbernauld town centre'.

The Community Forum's approach is to plead with the council to provide an overall strategic plan to show how the shopping centre can be transformed into a town centre with the facilities and excitement of every other Scottish town centre.

TD Stark, of Keppie Design, is much more realistic in his claim when he says the Antonine Centre 'allows the main owner of the centre to consider a more radical redevelopment masterplan'.

Surely 'a more radical masterplan' is the role of the local authority planning department working with the local residents.

Architecture and Design Scotland has agreed to get round the table with North Lanarkshire Council, the developer and the residents to show that our town centre can arise from its neglect.

Tom Reilly, chairman, Cumbernauld Community Forum

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