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£52 million town centre master plan

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No more than expected Gary, and let's face it if it regenerates the town centre it's more than welcome and at least it looks as if they intend to retain the 'Boots' frontage.

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Looks good on paper.... if it works it will be great. As for creating 400 construction jobs though; not sure about that as it will no doubt be built by the likes of Galliford Try or some other huge out of town company who will use their usual contractors which may in fact take away from companies who already carry out many of the kind of work that is going to be needed on this job for the council already.

 

 

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WBC don't have any option other than to retain the Boots frontage as the facade is Grade II listed and just a little too high profile to demolish in 'error'. :wink:

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Unless somebody has an unfortunate accident with a jcb :oops:  :oops:  :mrgreen:

 

As a side point, wonder how many pot holes could be filled in for that price?

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I wonder if the objectors are already out planting newts around the site

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It has to be welcomed but only if the council is able to develop some rare joined-up thinking on the project. That will mean not hobbling the scheme from the outset by failing to support the businesses they want to occupy the place. 

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Unless there are businesses that do not so far have branches in Warrington , then the new development will need some pretty sharp & sustainable private enterprises to really make a difference to Bridge Street ....is it going to be a specialist trading/boutique shop area or a saturation of cafes & restaurants ? Apparently the market is to be revamped & maybe what would help the area would be for some of the big art galleries to establish satellites in Warrington or even a reputable auction house to attract the antique trade.

Come on councillors get lobbying & get some style & culture into the place !

 

Whatever happens though it is to be hoped the bus company rises to the challenge of providing a good service to the future thriving metropolis outside the hours of nine to five ..

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The plan doesn't seem to include much of the bottom of Bridge Street ?

 

Lets hope  Warrington & Co's plans don't finish up in the bin like the last one they were involved in.  They spent a fortune  on a Sankey Valley Master Plan which was dumped by WBC after the last local elections.

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I'm not sure that renewing/replacing the market is a viable proposition, just having a new market will initially draw people in but I can't see it retaining the shoppers or :unsure: being a big earner for the town, I honestly think that town centre market places have had their day.

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I'm not sure that renewing/replacing the market is a viable proposition, just having a new market will initially draw people in but I can't see it retaining the shoppers or :unsure: being a big earner for the town, I honestly think that town centre market places have had their day.

Widnes market seems to thrive but there the parking is abundant and FREE !

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Widnes market seems to thrive but there the parking is abundant and FREE !

 

And it is also close to all the action,but it just shows how much difference free parking makes.

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Will this announcement mean that Winwick St plans will now be scrapped & it will continue to be a bomb site.

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Widnes market seems to thrive but there the parking is abundant and FREE !

There it is. People can afford to visit Widnes market just on a whim, park right outside and wander round in their own time, not pay through the nose to park and then go on a camel hike as they have to do in Warrington.

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Well let's hope the council surprises us by not doing something then immediately doing something else to ensure the original thing can't possibly work.  

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The number of "shoppers" in the Region is finite; of course there can be competition between Towns or even places like the Trafford Centre for a share of that finite footfall. The reason imo. that the Town Centre has died, is simply because the majority of retail floor space has been concentrated in the GS Mall, thus acting like a leach on the rest of the Town. Any new development will finish up competing for footfall against the existing Mall. The attraction of any "Market Place" is price and the possibility of local products and variety. However, if that market is milked for revenue by the owners, with high stall owner rents; it will be another goose killed for it's golden eggs.

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