Public consultation launches into a proposed £12.5m entertainment and leisure venue

People in Northwich will soon be able to have their say on two major developments which are set to breathe new life into the town centre.

Next Thursday (26 April) a public consultation launches into a £12.5m entertainment and leisure venue proposed for the site of the Memorial Hall and former magistrates court.

It comes as Cheshire West and Chester Council confirms it has completed the purchase of the court premises.

An exhibition of proposed details and images of the state-of-the-art venue will be on display at the Memorial Hall and Northwich Library until 25 May 2012.

Visitors will be able to register their feedback on the mix of facilities and the building design, which is at outline stage and is likely to change as the plans are developed.

The facilities suggested for ground floor include a swimming pool and wet changing, large hall, small hall, cafe bar, kitchen, ‘green room’ and centre office space.

On the second floor, it is proposed to include a gym, squash courts, pool viewing area, dry changing, dressing room and upper viewing area for the main hall.

During the first two days of the consultation (26 and 27 of April) Council officers will be on hand at the Memorial Hall to meet visitors and answer questions.

Staff will also be available at a mobile exhibition in Weaver Square on Saturday, 28 April, from 10am – 2 pm.

Meanwhile, a further round of consultation into the proposed regeneration of Barons Quay is set to begin on 3 May 2012.

Although arrangements are still being finalised, the consultation will include a display at the Memorial Hall and an exhibition in the town centre.

Feedback from both consultations will be used to help shape detailed designs as each project enters its next stage of development.

Local Councillor Paul Dolan said: “I urge people not to miss their opportunity to have their say on these two exciting schemes which have enormous potential to revitalise the town.

“We are committed to ensuring that both schemes are delivered in a way that meets the needs and aspirations of those who live, work in and visit Northwich.

“For the entertainment and leisure venue, we are particularly keen to hear from younger and older people about what facilities and activities they would like to see included.”

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “We are looking forward to sharing our initial proposals for an entertainment and leisure venue with the local community.

“I would emphasise that the proposals are indicative only at this stage – the final design and mix of facilities will be developed following consultation.”

Both projects are being led by the Council in partnership with the Weaver Valley Partnership Board.

Geoff Hope-Terry, Chairman of the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, said: “We had a good response to the engagement exercise we undertook last year on Barons Quay and many of the suggestions have been incorporated into the latest draft.

“I hope local people will take these new opportunities to comment on both of these projects which are so important to the future of their town.”

Detail of the entertainment and leisure venue consultation and exhibitions are as follows;

  • 26 April: Memorial Hall 4 – 7pm (staffed)
  • 27 April: Memorial Hall 11am – 3pm (staffed)
  • 28 April: Weaver Square 10am – 2pm (staffed)
  • 15 May:  Memorial Hall 4 – 7pm (staffed)
  •  29 April-25 May: Memorial Hall foyer and Northwich Library (unstaffed)

Full details of the Barons Quay consultation and exhibition will be available nearer to the launch on 3 May.