Visiting councillor in stark warning over regeneration
Campaigners fighting the latest Radstock town centre development plan have been warned it will take dogged determination to persuade council chiefs to look at innovative solutions to transform the town.
The warning to members of the Radstock Action Group has come from Cheshire town councillor Howard Murray who was in the town last week to talk about a regeneration scheme in the former mining town of Poynton, where the concept of shared space reconciling traffic movement with quality public space has been introduced.
The campaign group is challenging members of Bath and North East Somerset Council to visit the Cheshire town to see whether the concept can be applied to Radstock, also is a former mining area with a busy double roundabout.
But Cate Le Grice Mack, the chairman of Norton Radstock Regeneration Company, which is working with the council on redevelopment including a new road scheme, says the ideas developed at Poynton had been considered around a decade ago and found wanting because of Radstock's particular geographical challenges.
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Mr Murray said that three months after the changes the range of shops had improved and shopkeepers had reported increased footfall.
He said: "It is not all plain sailing and you have to have the political will and drive to do it."
Ms Le Grice Mack said that the ideas being developed in Cheshire had been very successful.
She said: "The principles of traffic calming and space management have been discussed at some length and we want to get a solution that works well in Radstock and that encourages people to come in and to be able to walk safely and feel more secure.
"We have looked at the ideas that Poynton has adopted some years ago and we have been to a number of other towns that have other ideas."