Pupils Pitch Ideas for Proposed Market RedevelopmentPublished Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Over 40 pupils from St Augustine’s RC High School pitched their ideas for the proposed £9million redevelopment of the Clitheroe Market site.
Pupils of all ages took part in a focus group on the proposed scheme as part of the biggest public engagement programme ever undertaken in the borough.
Nelson contractor, investor and developer Barnfield Construction was selected to devise a redevelopment scheme for the 1.4 acre site last year following a rigorous selection process.
The aim of the redevelopment is to bring a new lease of life to the market and surrounding area, and the potential for attracting top new retailers and significant economic development to Clitheroe town centre.
Draft redevelopment proposals attracted a mixed response during an initial public consultation by Barnfield Construction, as a result of which Ribble Valley Borough Council decided to run its own comprehensive engagement programme to ensure all sections of the community could properly have their say.
The engagement programme is being overseen by a cross-party working group chaired by Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Terry Hill, who said: “This scheme constitutes a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring modern retail and leisure facilities to Clitheroe town centre.
“It will stimulate investment and growth over the coming years by securing a number of high-quality retail and leisure operators not currently represented in the town.
“However, it has to be right for Clitheroe and the council is undertaking a comprehensive engagement programme prior to detailed plans being brought forward for consideration.
“St Augustine’s RC High School is one of several schools and community groups currently being consulted and the pupils were certainly up to the job.
“They brought forward some fresh and innovative ideas, as well as constructive feedback, and showed a keen interest in the future of the town, and how the scheme might develop.
“They are to be congratulated for their enthusiastic and intelligent responses.”
A wide-reaching survey aimed at establishing Clitheroe’s shopping habits and retail requirements is running alongside the focus groups and has attracted hundreds of responses within a fortnight of going live.
Hundreds of people have responded to the survey, which runs until 23 December, and households, businesses and visitors who have not yet responded are invited to have their say.
The survey is available online and at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, as well as Clitheroe and Longridge Libraries. It has been sent randomly to 2,000 local households, as well as 600 members of the Ribble Valley Citizens’ Panel, and will be backed up with street interviews conducted by a professional survey team. Further details are available at Clitheroe Market Area Redevelopment.