Have your say on future of Braintree town centre

Have your say on future of Braintree town centre

Residents, businesses and visitors are being invited to have their say on exciting improvement plans for Braintree town centre.

This comes after plans to move forward with a pedestrianisation scheme for the town centre were given the go-ahead last month, following a consultation held in 2018 which found that 76% of people were supportive of the idea.

As part of the scheme, improvements include restricting vehicle access to ensure long-term improvements to the roads and pavements, more opportunities for events and markets and creating green space areas - all designed to increase footfall and encourage people to spend longer in the town.

To ensure the plans meet the needs of what people want, Braintree District Council are now holding a further consultation for people to have their say on what they want to see in the town centre, as well as finding out how often people visit and what might bring them into the town more. Responses will help shape the design plans.

People can have their say via the online survey at www.braintree.gov.uk/yourtown.

Drop in events will be held next month for people to find out more and have their say:

  • Saturday 1st February from 10am – 3pm in Kaspa’s, High Street, Braintree
  • Wednesday 5th February from 10am – 3pm in Kaspa’s, High Street, Braintree

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Braintree is a thriving town centre, but the way we shop and use our town centres is changing and we need to adapt to this. With our investment and our partners, we can be the catalyst for this change, by understanding what people want and need from their town centre which is critical to the success of our businesses and the town’s future. I would encourage everyone to take part in the survey, come along to the drop in sessions and give your thoughts – the town centre belongs to us all and it really is what we make it.”

Paper copies are also available at Braintree District Council’s offices at Causeway House, Bocking End.