Weaver Square to be rewoven

Published:  13 July, 2016

Northwich centre seeks public input in major overhaul

Weaver Square shopping centre is earmarked for a major overhaul as part of the borough council’s £129m redevelopment of Northwich. Chester West and Chester Council have appointed Manchester-based architects Fletcher Rae to come up with a masterplan for the shopping-centre’s redesign. The masterplan area includes the Weaver Square Shopping Centre, the police and bus stations, both indoor and outdoor markets, the information centre and Victoria Club Car Park.

The first stage of the masterplan, which started on Monday, will be to seek views from members of the public on what facilities they would like to see in the development via a number of workshops and an online survey. The first phase of consultation, which concludes on July 25, will be followed by further, more detailed rounds once draft plans have been brought forward based on the feedback of residents. Suggestions so far have been: a small park area for children, a good family eatery and some organic shops.

Cllr Brian Clarke, CWAC cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “This is a real blank sheet of paper and in this early phase we’re looking for the views of local people on what will create vitality around Weaver Square.

“The town currently loses a lot of spend to bigger locations but Weaver Square, along with the new Barons Quay development, provides us with a unique opportunity to really boost Northwich and draw people in. We’re open to all suggestions and would encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.” 

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