HAT have produced an online survey running from 15 February to 19 March 2021 on behalf of Colchester Borough Council asking residents for their views on designs for an exciting new public space at St Nicholas Square in the town centre. Funding from central government's Town Deal has been awarded to CBC, enabling this important but neglected public space to be improved.
We have been working with local businesses, councillors and representatives from different user groups to develop a design that achieves the project’s ambitions and is 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.
We are also holding a community webinar at 6pm, 2 March 2021, where you can ask any questions you have about the project. Full details are on the final page of the survey.
St Nicholas Square is a wonderful 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. We expect the project to start on site in late Spring 2021 and be completed a few months later.
Councillor David King, Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources at CBC 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."