Have your say on 'new look' Watford

PUBLISHED: 18:57 01 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013

Have your say on 'new look' Watford

Have your say on 'new look' Watford

Exciting new designs have been drawn up to improve The Parade area at the 'top of the town centre' in Watford

Exciting new designs have been drawn up to improve The Parade area at the top of the town centre in Watford.

Watford Borough Council, working with an external design team, has developed ideas for new designs, trying to strike a balance between the needs of the spaces many different users whilst retaining what people have said they currently like about the area.

The next step is to test the design ideas by asking people what they think.

This week local residents and businesses near The Parade were invited and attended a presentation of the design ideas and asked their views.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, says, Like many I want the town centre to be more family friendly. The aim of these improvements is to broaden its appeal by attracting a wide range of visitors throughout the day and evening, whether to enjoy an outdoors event in a thriving civic space or simply to sit and pass the time there.

This is about investing in the future of the town. We set aside capital money, which isnt from council tax and legally has to be spent on improving the towns assets and not on day to day services, to improve the area. When the improvements are completed, the area should also bring economic benefits to local businesses and the town.

This is a very exciting time for Watford town centre and I am looking forward to the next phase when we see the plans really take shape.

The 4.3million capital project was agreed in January 2010 to the upper section of The Parade, with aim of transforming it into a key civic space with the flexibility and capacity to accommodate a variety of outdoor events. Subject to the consultation outcome, works are planned to start in spring 2013, completing in 2014.

There arefurther opportunitiesfor anyone to see the designs fromJune 9 untilJuly 9, 2012.

Drop-in sessions with the designers are being held on:

  • Saturday June 9 from 11amto 2pm at Shop 15, Charter Place shopping centre(ground floor between Gibsons and Orange)

  • Saturday June 23 from 1.30to 4.30pm near the pond at the top of the town

  • Wednesday June 27 from 1.30 to 4.30pm near the pond at the top of the town

In addition the designs will be on display at the Town Hall Customer Service Centre, at Watford Central Library and the Charter Place shop fromJune 9 until July 9, 2012.

The designs will also beable to be viewed, and comments left online, at: http://www.whatifwatford.wordpress.com/ (these go live on 9 June). Comments can also be emailed to: whatifwatford@bdp.com or by calling Jenny Wilson, of BDP on 020 7812 8344.

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