Date Published: 15 June 2017
People in Rutland are being encouraged to to share their views on two possible options for the redevelopment of Oakham Town Centre.
Rutland County Council confirmed it would be seeking views from members of the public about a town centre improvement scheme earlier this month, having already consulted with local groups such as Oakham Town Council, the Town Partnership and the Oakham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
This initial feedback has been used to create two possible designs which are now out to public consultation, allowing residents to have their say.
“Oakham Town Centre is in need of investment and our intention is to make significant improvements that will create a better environment for pedestrians, cyclists and shoppers and encourage more visitors into the town. 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 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 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.
“A lot a planning and preparation has gone into producing these outline designs and now is the chance for local residents, businesses and traders to find out more and share their views. All of this feedback will then be taken into consideration and help us develop a more detailed design. This is a significant investment in the future of Oakham and similar projects in parts of neighbouring Leicestershire have been successful in increasing local investment, improving visitor numbers and boosting the local economy. ”
Dave Brown, Director for Places
Consultation around the proposed designs for Oakham Town Centre takes place from 14th June to 7th July 2017.
The Council is keen make clear that this consultation is not part of ongoing work to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Oakham and that anyone who has completed the recent Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire should still take time to comment on the Town Centre proposals.
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:
- 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 online by visiting our Oakham Town Centre page.
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