What could Salisbury's future look like?

What could Salisbury's future look like?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:42am 16th January 2020.

4 minute read

We're being asked what we think about a number of plans to make the city centre 'more vibrant, attractive and sustainable'.

Wiltshire Council's starting a huge consultation this morning (Thursday 16th January) and wants to hear our thoughts.

Here's some of the ideas they're putting forward: 

  • Fisherton Street City Gateway - that's a plan for a 'new welcoming entrance to the city'
  • Station Quarter - aiming to 'transform the arrival experience at Salisbury's rail station'
  • Transport Accessibility - improving things like routes for walking and cycling
  • Illuminating Salisbury - a potential 'fantastic outdoor visitor light attraction' that would tell the 'stories of Salisbury's rich heritage' and attract tourism
  • Public Art - should we have more in Salisbury city centre?
  • Wayfinding - ideas to help locals and tourists find their way around Salisbury easier
  • Heritage Trail App - potential trails around the city are being developed
Fisherton Street Salisbury
Plans for how could Fisherton Street become a new 'gateway' to Salisbury is among the consultation plans

All of the ideas will go towards what's being called the Salisbury Central Area Framework, which is due to be adopted by Wiltshire Council later this year.


The consultation will begin this morning and will be open until 5.00pm on Friday 28th February.

Salisbury Railway Train Station
There are hopes to 'transform the arrival' into Salisbury for passengers using the city's railway station

There's a few ways we can take part: 

  • Find out more online at the Wiltshire Council website
  • Email futuresalisbury@wiltshire.gov.uk with your comments
  • By post to Future Salisbury, Wiltshire Council, The Council House, Bourne Hill, Salisbury SP1 3UZ
  • The plans will also be available to see at libraries in Salisbury, Wilton, Downton, Amesbury and Durrington, as well as Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury
  • Copies will be kept at Salisbury's Bourne Hill Council offices and at County Hall in Trowbridge
Haunch of venison
Salisbury is full of history and heritage, like the Haunch of Venison pub, which is thought to be England's oldest (and haunted too!)

Two public exhibitions are also planned for us to ask Wiltshire Council more about the ideas in person - they're being held at: 

  • Salisbury City Hall on Tuesday 21st January - 2.00pm to 5.30pm
  • United Reformed Church, Fisherton Street on Wednesday 29th January - 2.30pm to 7.00pm

Leader of Wiltshire Council, Councillor Philip Whitehead said: 

"Together with our partner organisations, we have spent a lot of time over the last year looking at initiatives that will have a positive impact on Salisbury. By bringing forward these improvements, Wiltshire Council and its partners aim to ensure the city recovers from the impacts of the nerve agent incidents of 2018 and adapts to the economic opportunities and challenges which face the city. 

"I would encourage everyone to have their say through the public consultations and at the exhibitions and help support a vibrant and resilient Salisbury in the future."

Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Mike Draper)
There are also plans to improve access to Salisbury's watercourses


We can also have a say on a joint plan between Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency to 'improve the watercourses' around Salisbury.

That's aimed at reducing the flood risk in the city, as well as being able to better cope with climate change.

It's also looking to improve the way we can use the rivers in Salisbury - 'enhancing existing and creating new spaces for public enjoyment' of the waterways.

Any comments we make about that plan, will be considered for a planning application later this year. 

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