A new ‘old look for Witton Street

People in Northwich are being asked for their views on proposals to improve and enhance the town’s historic shopping area.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is proposing to re-introduce a more traditional feel to Witton Street that enhances the setting of its black and white buildings. The authority is asking residents, business owners, shoppers and visitors for feedback on the designs, which will be on display at Northwich library from 15th December 2011 until 28th January 2012.

Forming the first phase of the Council’s planned public realm improvements, the scheme concentrates on the area between the library and Venables Road.

The pedestrianised area leading to Meadow Street would be re-laid with sandstone and granite to echo the early 20th century paving patterns that once characterised the street scene. The road and footway stretching from the Meadow Street junction to Venables Road would be re-laid with similarly high quality materials. An option has also been put forward to relocate the existing parking bays to the left hand side of the road.

Councillor Helen Weltman said: “Witton Street is home to some of the finest examples of Northwich’s black and white timbered buildings such as the library and the former post office.

“This enhancement scheme would complement these historic buildings by lending the street scene a more traditional feel.

“As ever, the views of local people will be key to shaping this scheme, and I can give my assurance that all comments will be considered when a final decision is taken.”

Councillor Tony Lawrenson, who is also a local trader, said: “These are exciting proposals that will make Witton Street a much more attractive shopping environment.

“I would encourage people to take the time to view and comment on the scheme so that the final design reflects the wishes of local residents.

“This is the first phase in a programme of public realm improvements which, once complete, will give the town centre a real lift.”

Geoff Hope-Terry, Chair of the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, said: “Through these works we want to set the quality standard for future enhancements of Northwich town centre, so it is important that our local community takes this opportunity to add their views into the decision-making process.”

Subject to approval, work is programmed to start in spring 2012 with completion by winter 2012.

December 2011