The strategy, which has now been endorsed by the council’s Executive, is the final product of a consultation period run by Turner Works, who worked with the council to build a new strategy for Weston in response to the changing face of the High Street.
Turner Works ran a number of public events under the Super Weston initiative, to find out about the history of the town and what people would like to see in Weston, asking for wish lists and ideas for Weston that have been used to create the new strategy. The new vision has a set of themes and ambitions for the town, focused around wellbeing and recreation, being green and low carbon, a great place to live, work and study, and critically helping the visitor economy and the town centre adjust to fundamental changes accelerated by coronavirus.
Cllr Mark Canniford, executive member for business, economy and employment at North Somerset Council, said: “Coronavirus is accelerating fundamental changes in town centres, with the need to encourage more people to the high street higher than ever.
"This Placemaking Strategy sets out the council’s vision and ambitions for the town, with a concrete plan to help Weston become a healthier, greener and more prosperous place to live, work and enjoy. The strategy is an ambition to think about using space in new ways that encourage local people to utilise what Weston has to offer.”
The Placemaking Strategy helped to attract the £1.7m Government grant received earlier this month, which will fund Weston General Stores, a project focusing on re-purposing vacant retail space in the town centre. This will create space for people to work in the town centre, particularly if they no longer need to commute into an office.