Crewe residents vote to see retail and hospitality return to a new town centre

Crewe residents vote to see retail and hospitality return to the new town centre
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In a poll created by Crewe News, we asked local residents what they wanted to see from a future town centre redevelopment.

The results are now in and just short of 1000 votes were cast in total.

From the poll, it’s clear that what the public wants doesn’t align with the current plan proposed by Cheshire East Council for the town.

Under the current proposals, the redevelopment would include a new cinema and bowling alley yet these two options received less than 7% of the total votes cast.

The poll results were clear and the top three choices were as follows:

  1. Cafes, bars and restaurants (24%)
  2. Independent Retail (20.9%)
  3. Branded High Street Retail ( 20.3%)
Crewe residents vote to see retail and hospitality return to the new town centre 1 Crewe residents vote to see retail and hospitality return to a new town centre

Almost 75% of the total votes cast were for the above three categories.

Demolition of the current Royal Arcade is scheduled to begin this month even though there is no formal planning application in place to build a new town centre to date. This decision has been questioned and called a gamble by a local councillor.

In response to the poll just under 25% of the voters wanted to see hospitality venues such as cafes, bars and restaurants included in any future redevelopment of the town centre.

To date, we are not aware of any formal survey carried out for, or on behalf of Cheshire East but based on this poll, albeit not scientific, the results would seem to suggest that Cheshire East are out of step with the local residents with pans for the town centre.

Regardless of these results, we think it would be prudent of Cheshire East Council and the new Crewe Town Board to conduct some detailed analysis into what a future town centre should look like and liaise with local residents, who are stakeholders in their own right to formulate a plan that satisfies all parties involved.

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  1. This is absolutely scandalous, to apply for planning permission on
    November 20th 2007 reference no p07/0043 to demolish a shopping centre and iconic clock tower, then wait until october/ November 2020 to decide to bring in the demolition crew is wrong.

    The clock tower known as Big Bill merits english listing consent, by English heritage, it stands proudly at around 115ft High, has 4 of the largest cast clock faces cast in England over 7ft diameter each, and can be seen for miles around.

    If a shopping centre or new arcade is to be built then why not keep Big Bill, and the facade / frontage of Queensway, which can be cleaned, sandblasted, and put back to its original beauty.
    Behind the facade you would then be able to build a large shopping complex onto the current bus station.

    You could also put a glass lift going up
    Big Bill, giving you a birds eye view over the countryside, and to be able to see the clock and bells.

    The bus exchange would then be moved over to moss Square.

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