Witham consultation finds support for town centre improvement proposals

A consultation into public support for town centre regeneration proposals in Witham has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response.

More than 80% of respondents were in favour of proposals including creating a new Market Square, relocating the current market to the new Market Square, and creating a shopper friendly link between the Newland Centre and Grove Centre.

Installing better signage throughout the town was also one of the proposals on the agenda.

The public consultation took place from 27 February to 1 July, and 1180 responses were received from people who live in, work in, or visit Witham.

Respondents also commented on issues including parking, pedestrian flow, and the retail offer in the town centre.

Plans were available to view throughout the consultation period on the Braintree District Council website and were exhibited at Witham Library and the Grove Shopping Centre. Postcard questionnaires were also sent to households and businesses across Witham.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This was an important consultation and thanks to the support of Witham Town Council, the Town Team, and other stakeholders throughout the town we saw a significant and positive response from local residents and business owners.

“The feedback we’ve received shows a clear desire across Witham for the improvement of the town centre and we’re grateful to Priti Patel for her support of the report’s recommendations. The proposals being developed will, we hope, ensure that it can grow as a successful, competitive, and attractive place for shoppers and visitors.

“These responses will now inform further design plans and help us to ensure that the plans deliver value for money by focussing investment and resources in the right areas.”

The findings of the report are available to view at www.braintree.gov.uk/withamreport.

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