We want your views on public realm improvements in Wincanton
The way the town centre of Wincanton looks is being consulted on, with residents, visitors and stakeholders all urged to have their say.
The District Council is seeking to regenerate the town centre of Wincanton through multiple projects as part of the adopted Wincanton Town Centre regeneration programme.
Enhancing the public realm (how the area will look overall) is just one of these projects that is currently underway and is an important project that will make the town centre feel more attractive for residents, businesses and visitors, it will help improve public perceptions, support existing businesses by encouraging people to visit and stay longer which all helps to create a vibrant town.
Image above: An artists' impression of how 'Clementina' Square could look. SSDC is wanting the views of the public on a number of public realm designs.
Wincanton town centre enjoys an abundance of attractive heritage buildings; improvements to public spaces, footways and road layouts will enhance the attractiveness of the overall town centre environment where much of the infrastructure is very dated and has been unchanged for decades.
The public consultation focuses on four key opportunities for improvement:
- Market Place
- ‘Clementina’ Square/Central High St
- Carrington Way
- Eastern Gateway
Image above: The four areas in Wincanton town centre that are being consulted on.
We want to hear your views and opinions on how the areas could look, based on the concepts that have been designed. Now is your opportunity to have your say on the consultation that is being run until the end of Wednesday 5 May.
During previous public engagement work to produce Wincanton Town Centre Strategy, you told us:
- You liked the idea of a better quality environment with revised road layouts
- Improved paving materials and street furniture that will complement the town’s built heritage
- You would like to see the introduction of more planting and ‘greening’ in the town centre.
These views have been confirmed in more recent consultations with key stakeholders and Town Council representatives who also welcomed the Events and Activities programme which is another strand of the regeneration work which will help to stimulate footfall in the town by providing grant support to local organisations and businesses to run events in the town centre. Events planned for the first part of the year have had to be delayed but these will go ahead later in the year as the national easing of lockdown continues.
Martin Woods, Director of Place at South Somerset District Council, said: “The town’s business and residents’ knowledge and insights are valuable to the design process, I would encourage people to be ambitious for their town as they respond to the consultation. It has been a challenging 12 months for town centres and independent retailers across the country and the regeneration proposals for Wincanton provide a real opportunity to influence how the town will look and be viewed for years to come”.
The online consultation will run until 5 May. Under the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold public consultation events as would ordinarily be the case. Make sure you have your say on the proposals and designs online.
The responses received to the consultation will help to identify the most appropriate public realm improvements for Wincanton. Each location will then be subject to more detailed technical design work by the design team from Phil Jones Associates and Element Urbanism, these will need to meet safety requirements and secure approval from Somerset County Council and Highways England.
There will be a further public consultation on the advanced scheme designs in late July. Look out for updates in the press and on social media.