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Plans unveiled for an exciting new public space

An online survey will run until Friday 19 March

Date issued: 16 February 2021

Colchester Borough Council is asking residents for their views on designs for an exciting new public space at St. Nicholas Square in the town centre.

An online survey will run from Monday 15 February 2021 until Friday 19 March. Residents will get the opportunity to see initial proposals for the space, which is set to be transformed into an attractive new area where people can meet, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

An online webinar will also be held on Tuesday 2 March, at 6pm, where the project’s designers, local architects HAT Projects, will present the plans and answer questions and feedback on the initial ideas.

The St Nicholas Square project is due to complete later in 2021. Funded by the Accelerated Town Deal fund, it will create a flexible and attractive square, with more space for seating, market stalls and outdoor events.

Councillor David King, Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to present initial plans for what promises to be a very exciting new public space. This investment will be a real boost for local retail and hospitality businesses and I am extremely pleased work on this project is moving forward.

“I would encourage local stakeholders and interested parties to join the webinar to hear more about the proposal for a safe and vibrant social hub in the heart of our town centre.”

Hana Loftus, director at HAT Projects, added: “We have been working hard, behind the scenes, with local businesses and user groups to develop designs that are both practical and beautiful.

“We now really want to hear what the wider community thinks – and we’ll then be refining the designs in response to feedback.

“St Nicholas’ Square is a wonderful and historic space but it has not been used to its full potential for some time, so we are excited to help it become a vibrant space for the future.”

The online survey can be found at: https://www.colchester.gov.uk/st-nicholas-square. The page also contains a link to the webinar taking place on Tuesday 2 March at 6pm.

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