Take part in shaping the future of Winsford town centre

17 December 2019

Traders at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre are encouraging residents to help shape the future of the town centre. 

A consultation began last month to gather residents’ views on the Council’s redevelopment proposals.

Residents can find out more about the proposals and fill in the consultation questionnaire by visiting the Council's website

Traders with views about the future of the town centre are urging people of Winsford to get involved in the consultation.

Sarah Henry, who runs Card Factory, is keen to see the town centre redeveloped and improved so that it attracts more visitors and shoppers. She said: “People can give their views on the future of Winsford by taking part in this consultation because the future of this place is all about them.”

Allan Aston, of Al’s Plaice, said: “I do agree with the shopping centre being redeveloped. The Council needs to speculate to accumulate and to bring more tenants in. We need people to take part in the consultation and we need as much feedback as possible so that we get people’s opinions. We need feedback from people who have both lived and worked in the town centre for years. If the public get involved they will feel more ownership in the project.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council bought the Winsford Cross Shopping Centre in February 2018 and has been working since to repair and maintain the site, while developing masterplan.
 
Its initial proposals for the new town centre include:
 
  • a better mix of uses to include retail, leisure, residential and public services
  • an enhanced town square with more public spaces
  • clearly defined entrances for pedestrians with car, taxi and bus drop off points
  • a reorganised layout with more user friendly car parking and public entrance points which are distinguishable from traders’ service yards
  • an improvement to landscaping, tree planting and better links to the town park, Guildhall, the college and academy.
These proposals have been presented to tenants and market traders in the town centre and dozens of residents have so far taken part in the consultation.
 
Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “It’s really important that we hear local people’s ideas for the regeneration of Winsford, particularly so that any final plans meet the needs of everyone who works and uses the town centre.
 
“We want the market, the library and health services to better reflect the needs of local people. It is the ambition of Cheshire West and Chester Council, and local residents and businesses, to use the town centre regeneration programme to create new business opportunities for local people, grow the local economy, and to attract more visitors to the town.”
 
Residents can also find out more in a display at Wyvern House.


 

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