Kidderminster residents backing new public square

Thumbs up: The early design of Exchange Place was revealed to Kidderminster residents in March. Some 72 per cent backed the scheme.

Thumbs up: The early design of Exchange Place was revealed to Kidderminster residents in March. Some 72 per cent backed the scheme.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

KIDDERMINSTER residents have given the thumbs up to proposals for a new public square outside the town hall.

According to Wyre Forest District Council, the concepts for the square, to be known as Exchange Place, received excellent feedback during a consultation in March, with 72 per cent of respondents supporting the design.

The square, which will provide an open space for cultural, arts and public events, is based on the design of the original Penny Black postage stamp – an idea created by Kidderminster’s Sir Rowland Hill – and features new lighting, paving, planted areas and street furniture.

It would also reorganise how traffic flows, extending down Vicar Street and High Street.

Public realm design specialists IBI Taylor Young have been commissioned by the district council to draw up detailed designs, which will be published in August.

District council leader, Conservative councillor John Campion, said: “We are excited to see the plans moving forward and a new public square is a great starting point to breathe new life into the town centre.

“Our vision for the newly created space is that it plays host to a range of activities and events that showcase the skills and talents of local people and visitors. Arts, sport and cultural events will have a bright new platform in the heart of the town.

“These attractions do have a real economic impact, getting the town working more efficiently and attracting more people to visit.”

Exchange Place will be the first scheme as part of the public realm improvement over the next two years.

Other projects, revealed by The Shuttle in March, include changes to the Bull Ring, which could include flattening Crown House and the return of Grade II-listed Richard Baxter statue.

Worcester Street could be opened up to traffic – a proposal which gained the support of 78 per cent of consultation respondents.

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8:28am Thu 20 Jun 13

kjb1 says...

When will the statue of Sir Rowland hill a centre piece in this development finally going to be cleaned ? as it has started to turn green though lack of proper cleaning over the years as has main other statues and monuments .
When will the statue of Sir Rowland hill a centre piece in this development finally going to be cleaned ? as it has started to turn green though lack of proper cleaning over the years as has main other statues and monuments . kjb1
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10:55am Thu 20 Jun 13

neilhar says...

Great idea. I would hope that it will be a shared space too for traffic and pedestrian flow. It has been proven that if one removes the signs, the markings, the lights etc in some areas, then no raised kerbs and everything flows much better.

I know who can clean any monument you like with a gentle, non abrasive blasting process using just baking soda and water. Just look for Sirius soda blasting on tinternet.
Great idea. I would hope that it will be a shared space too for traffic and pedestrian flow. It has been proven that if one removes the signs, the markings, the lights etc in some areas, then no raised kerbs and everything flows much better. I know who can clean any monument you like with a gentle, non abrasive blasting process using just baking soda and water. Just look for Sirius soda blasting on tinternet. neilhar
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2:44pm Thu 20 Jun 13

jon cooper says...

WFDC conduct a Public Consultation regarding town planning in Kidderminster ?

WFDC actually take heed of public feedback to consultation ??

Well sit me down in me 'armchair'. This must be the first time in years that WFDC have actually conducted an adequate public consultation regarding regeneration in any Wyre Forest town, (or in connection to any other big spend for that matter). More striking than that, WFDC have appeared to have listened to public thought too - amazing !

Who were the cynics who proclaimed that having an individual playing the part of district council leader and Kidderminster town mayor in dual roles wouldn't have its benefits ????
WFDC conduct a Public Consultation regarding town planning in Kidderminster ? WFDC actually take heed of public feedback to consultation ?? Well sit me down in me 'armchair'. This must be the first time in years that WFDC have actually conducted an adequate public consultation regarding regeneration in any Wyre Forest town, (or in connection to any other big spend for that matter). More striking than that, WFDC have appeared to have listened to public thought too - amazing ! Who were the cynics who proclaimed that having an individual playing the part of district council leader and Kidderminster town mayor in dual roles wouldn't have its benefits ???? jon cooper
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