The Colchester Town Centre Team, a group of Colchester town centre businesses including Lion Walk, private organisations and public bodies, has organised an exhibition to promote the regeneration and renaissance that is taking place in the town centre and is inviting feedback from the public about the evolution of the town centre now and in the future.
The Town Centre First exhibition opens to the public at 10am on Saturday, 11July and is open every day from 10am to 4pm until Sunday 26 July.
Well known for being the UK’s oldest recorded town, in 2015 Colchester is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Around £3.5 billion is currently being invested in the borough, of which more than £500 million is being spent in the town centre on projects as diverse as free WiFi and gaining a Purple Flag quality mark for the town as a place to go out in the evening to major development schemes such as the Williams & Griffin redevelopment and the St Botolph’s Quarter.
The exhibition aims to show what an exciting and important time this is for Colchester, looking at what’s happened in the last few years and what’s in the pipeline.
Backed by Williams & Griffin, Colchester’s two shopping centres (Culver Square and Lion Walk) plus independent retailers as well as Colchester Council, the exhibition is being held in the old Job Centre at 138 High Street, Colchester.
Commenting on the exhibition, William & Griffin Managing Director Carl Milton said:
“Colchester town centre is a vibrant, exciting place to be right now. There has been a real renaissance in the town centre over recent years and, with so much private and public money earmarked for regeneration over the next five years, the future looks very positive. The synergy between Colchester’s culture and heritage and the commercial heart of the town centre continues to be very special and it isvital that this is supported and protected for the long-term benefit of the local community and the local economy.”
Cllr Bill Frame, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “As the borough grows the town centre needs to evolve as a competitive, relevant focal point. Change can be difficult, but it’s also exciting. Supporting and protecting the development of the town centre is vital if Colchester is to continue to grow.”
Members of the public that are unable to visit the exhibition will be able to see a summary of the exhibition at www.colchesterpresents.co.uk where there will also be a online feedback form or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their comments about the regeneration of Colchester town centre or for further information.