Feedback from residents on the latest plans for Northwich’s new entertainment and leisure venue has been revealed.
Cheshire West and Chester Council invited views on a detailed Memorial Court design as part of a final round of public engagement before the scheme goes forward for planning approval.
Almost 150 people completed the feedback form, 89 percent of whom were Northwich residents.
Many positive responses were received about the proposed mix of facilities and design of the £12.5m development.
Comments included: “I am delighted with the final results, especially with the social versus sporting balance,” and “I like the look of it – the key will be to use high quality materials for longevity.”
Concerns were raised over three main issues – car park access, the number of pool lanes and food provision compared with that provided by the Memorial Hall.
The Council has responded to each issue:
- Car park access – measures are being included to upgrade the existing road, reduce traffic speed and make it more pedestrian friendly.
- Pool lanes – the Council is in ongoing discussions with members of Northwich Swimming Club over its preference for eight rather than six lanes.
- Food provision – hot meals will be provided and seating capacity will equal that provided at the Memorial Hall.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “I would like to thank everyone who gave us their views at this crucial stage in our plans for this exciting new facility.
“All feedback is being taken into account as we work with our design and build partner Wates to finalise the proposals for planning consent.”
Geoff Hope-Terry, Chairman of the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, the Council’s partner in the development, said: “As usual, a lot of very important points have been made and collected through the consultation.
“I know it can feel like quite a long process at times, but it’s worthwhile because by involving local people and following up the issues they raise we will ensure we get the best facility that’s possible.”
Local Councillor Amy Mercer-Bailey said: “It is only through people giving us their views that we can ensure the plans for Memorial court reflect the needs and aspirations of local residents, so I would like to thank all who responded.
“Once the planning application is submitted there will be a further opportunity for people to make their views known during the statutory consultation period.”