Bid to restore pavement canopies to Buxton’s main shopping street

A photo of Spring Gardens, Buxton, showing the canopies running along the main shopping street.
A photo of Spring Gardens, Buxton, showing the canopies running along the main shopping street.

Ambitious plans are being put forward to reinstate an important heritage feature to Buxton’s main shopping street.

Buxton Civic Association has revealed its vision to bring back pavement canopies to Spring Gardens.

The canopies which ran along the bottom end of Spring Gardens.

The canopies which ran along the bottom end of Spring Gardens.

Victorian cast iron and glass canopies, similar to the ones which front the Grove Hotel and Cavendish Arcades, had previously adorned shops and businesses along a large part of the street.

But the ornate structures were prone to damage from vehicles and weathering, and once taken down they were never replaced.

Civic association members are now in talks with High Peak Borough Council with a view to installing new canopies as far as the entrance to The Springs shopping centre.

Simon Fussell, Business Development Manager for Buxton Civic Association, said: “We believe that as well as restoring an important heritage feature to Spring Gardens it will also provide economic benefits by improving the attractiveness of Spring Gardens as a shopping venue, keeping people dry for example, and cultural benefits, enabling potentially an extension of the café culture.

We believe that as well as restoring an important heritage feature to Spring Gardens it will also provide economic benefits by improving the attractiveness of Spring Gardens as a shopping venue, keeping people dry for example, and cultural benefits, enabling potentially an extension of the café culture.

Simon Fussell, Buxton Civic Association’s Business Development Manager

“The council has been supportive of the project and we currently have a pre-application enquiry with them. If there is a positive response then the way forward would be to approach landlords to seek their support and to work with the council on a funding application from potential funders.

“We need to establish the principle that the scheme is practical i.e there are no major planning issues, and it has the support of the landlords and retailers, as well as the general public.”

Initial feedback to the idea has been positive, said Mr Fussell, with a small display detailing the project being held recently at the Charity Bazaar at the Pavilion Gardens.

He added that such a scheme would look to reinstate the canopies in stages over a 12 to 18-month period, initially adding to the existing canopies around the Grove Hotel as far as The Springs, before replicating this on the other side.

Buxton, Spring Gardens, the town's main shopping street

Buxton, Spring Gardens, the town's main shopping street