Improving the town centre
Our consultations have shown that issues associated with the town centre are:
a lack of linked design
the lack of access and flow for pedestrians surrounding the heart of the town
concerns about the closure of shops in the future
transport and car parking
Initial Neighbourhood plan ideas for the town centre
It would be possible to open up the town centre by closing part of Library Road and opening up the area between the precinct, past the Civic Centre and through to the Memorial car park.
It would be possible to dedicate some areas as community facilities to ensure that the town centre remains thriving and lively into the future.
It would be possible to designate the areas for community facilities, shops, offices, residential properties, and green spaces.
things to keep in mind
The town precinct and much of the land around it is privately owned, and the wholescale redevelopment of the town centre which many might desire would depend on the cooperation of many private and public parties. The main thing that the Neighbourhood plan can give us is an evidenced overall plan/design to work towards with developers as well as changing the designation of certain pockets of land in order to clear obstacles and make the prospect of redevelopment more financially viable for investors, as well as more practical for residents (leading to a holistic improvement over time as opposed to many parties all slowly improving the one or two buildings/facilities they own). The thing to keep in mind is that the Neighbourhood Plan team is working towards creating a Vision for the town centre, which has many many benefits. If you would like to give us your views (please do give us your views) then get in touch.
The main desire we have for the town centre is to make it an excellent and accessible space for community events and socialising. We don’t know what the future might hold for small shopping precincts, but there will always be a need for local community spaces and that is a feature to protect and enhance. Design consultations have shown that if we can connect up our town centre and refocus our pedestrianised space better that we can vastly improve the aesthetics and feel for town centre users.