New vision for Spring Gardens

Business and community group Vision Buxton will stage a public exhibition of proposals to breathe new life in the town’s main shopping street.

After talks with retail and business representatives in April, Vision Buxton director and professional planner Richard Silson has co-ordinated plans to enhance Spring Gardens and radically improve pedestrian access from the station and the proposed Tesco site.

“At the meeting in April, invitees from the street’s retail and business community recognised that there will be massive changes to the area should Nestle achieve their aim to relocate their bottling plant and Tesco take over the site,” said a Vision Buxton spokesman.

“Assuming this happens, or if any other plan for the area is adopted, it will be vital that additional shoppers and visitors to the town are attracted to a more appealing and revitalised Spring Gardens street.”

Identified problems included unattractive stone street furniture, cluttered signage, overspill by some retailers onto the pavement and neglected or dated shop fronts.

The suggested improvements include a new landmark footbridge over Station Road, complete with a viewing area and interpretation of the town’s major heritage areas.

A public exhibition will be held on July 6 (noon to 8.00 pm) and July 7 (10.00am to 2.00pm) at the Old Hall Hotel.

Vision Buxton hopes that as many Buxton residents as possible will view the plans and take part in the consultation by airing their opinions.

At the end of this process the final proposals will be formally presented to the borough council.

• For further information please contact or call Diana Golding on 07581 779930.