Date Published: 06 June 2017
People will soon get the chance to share their views on two possible options for the redevelopment of Oakham Town Centre.
Rutland County Council has been consulting with a number of local groups on the very early stages of a project to improve Oakham High Street.
So far, this has involved a series of meetings with Oakham Town Council, the Town Partnership and the Oakham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group to find out what design features they would value most.
This feedback has been used to create two possible designs that will shortly be put out to public consultation, allowing residents to have their say.
“Oakham Town Centre should be the vibrant heart of our County and although we have a great sense of community among residents and some fantastic local businesses, the High Street isn’t set up to make the most of this. The groups that represent people and businesses in the town have told us they’d like a High Street with less traffic and congestion and more space for people to walk, shop and relax. This has helped us settle on two options for the Town Centre that would make these improvements possible.”
Dave Brown, Director for Places at Rutland County Council
Option A for the redevelopment of Oakham Town Centre (pictured above) is to have a one-way system between New Street and Mill Street, with wider pavements, trees, a revised parking layout with loading bays for shops and more public seating.
Option B (pictured below) would keep the current two-way traffic flow along the High Street but introduce an enhanced pedestrian environment and road space to calm traffic and give greater priority to pedestrians. Both designs also include improvements to the Market Place.
“This is your opportunity to help make Oakham Town Centre better. The views of local people are at the heart of our plans and we want to know what you think – which option do you prefer, what do you like or dislike about the designs. All of this feedback will then be taken into consideration and help us to develop a more detailed design. This is a really exciting project for Oakham and we’re looking forward to people seeing and commenting on the proposals for the first time.”
Dave Brown, Director for Places
Consultation around the proposed designs for Oakham Town Centre will take place from 14th June to 7th July 2017.
As well as information on the Council’s website, outdoor exhibitions will be held in Oakham Market Place on the following dates so that people can see the designs up close and ask questions:
- Wednesday 14th June, 8.00am to 7.00pm
- Friday 23rd June, 8.00am to 5.00pm
- Saturday 24th June, 8.00am to 5.00pm
Once this first consultation phase is complete, Rutland County Council will review all the responses and produce a detailed design based on the feedback they receive. This detailed design will then be subject to a second round of public consultation in the autumn. It is hoped work to implement a final design will begin in spring 2018.
Further information about the Oakham Town Centre Improvement Scheme and how to take part in the consultation can be found on our Oakham Town Centre Page. Alternatively, contact us by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org