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Campaign organisation calls on North Lanarkshire Council to rethink town centre vision

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A decision not to afford buildings in Cumbernauld town centre listed status has been criticised by an organisation which campaigns for the preservation of architecture.Historic Environment Scotland (HES) published its decision on Wednesday after the organisation was asked last year to consider designating the site as listed buildings by a member of the public.Despite deeming the structure of “special interest,” the body decided against listing the centre - built in 1967 - paving the way for future redevelopment work by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC).The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android The move was roundly welcomed by the local authority and members of the community in Cumbernauld.However, the C20 Society - or Twentieth Century Society - a registered UK charity, believes the decision is wrong and opposes the demolition of the building, which is considered an example of 1960s "brutalism" in architecture terms.

They have called on the local authority to keep and “reimagine” the existing structures.C20 Society director Catherine Croft, said: “Cumbernauld locals are absolutely right to express their dissatisfaction with the current town centre and to point out that it doesn’t meet their requirements.“Having suffered from decades of mismanagement and ill-thought-through reconfiguration, the town centre

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