Salibsury Market Place plans approved

Friday, 10th August 2012

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The design, which has been shaped by feedback from local people, businesses and organisations, was approved by the area board at a packed meeting on Wednesday, August 1.

More than 100 people attended the extraordinary area board meeting at Salisbury Methodist Church in St Edmund Church Street.

They asked questions about the design, which has been formed with help from a working group made up of interested members of the public and feedback from more than 1,500 people through an online survey. It asked people what they wanted the Market Place to look like and incorporate.

After the plans were presented by area board chairman Richard Clewer, the audience gave feedback and asked questions.

The decision to approve the Wiltshire Council funded scheme was received by applause from the audience. The plans will now go to Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet.

As part of the Market Place facelift, two distinct spaces will be created – a market Square and a Guildhall Square, possibly with public wi-fi coverage.

The number of parking bays for disabled drivers will be increased from eight to 23.

A heritage trail will be introduced to reflect the history of the 13th century Market Place and stocks will be reinstated in the square for tourist photo opportunities. Work could begin at the start of next year. 

An earlier plan, which would have involved the removal of 34 trees, was rejected last October after 11,000 people signed a petition to save them.

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