THERE is still time for people who live, visit or work in Stratford to have their say on proposed changes to the town centre.
Over the past six weeks, local residents, business owners and visitors have been invited to share their views on the proposed changes via a consultation, which closes on June 5.
In addition to the survey, people were given the chance to see and discuss the plans at a series of in-person events, which took place in Stratford town centre, and an online drop-in session.
Stratford Town Council and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) have been working with the Town Centre Strategic Partnership on ideas for what Bridge Street and High Street in Stratford could look like in the future, building on ideas originally set out in Stratford’s Neighbourhood Plan.
Since the consultation opened in March they have received over 600 responses, with some valuable feedback being provided on the proposals.
The proposed changes to the town centre include more space for pedestrians, maintaining the 20mph speed limit and providing more areas for planting.
Coun Wallace Redford, WCC spokesperson for planning said: “These plans provide an exciting opportunity to transform the historic heart of Stratford and it is important that the public take up the opportunity to offer their thoughts and input on them.
“Our vision is a town centre which is vibrant and meets the needs of the local community, businesses and visitors, all while tapping into the town’s heritage.”
Geraldine Collinge, chair of the Town Centre Strategic Partnership, added: “It’s fantastic to see so many people have shared their views as part of the consultation, but we’d encourage anyone who hasn’t yet done so to have their say on the plans.
“The Partnership would like as many people as possible to contribute their thoughts in the consultation. The more voices we have, the more informed the final designs will be.
“All members of the Partnership worked together to help Warwickshire County Council create an initial plan, and it is vital the public has their say too.”
To find out more about the project and share your views on the proposals, visit: ask.warwickshire.gov.uk/