Another chance to have your say on Salisbury's future

Another chance to have your say on Salisbury's future

Published by Jack Deery at 6:10am 29th 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 is hosting another public exhibition today (Wednesday 29th January) about what the future could look like for Salisbury. 

At the United Reformed Church in Fisherton Street people will have the chance to go along and hear about the plans between 2.30pm and 7.00pm.

Some of the ideas they're putting forward include: 

  • 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 - in June 2015 (Mike Draper) (6)
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.

HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED? 

The full consultation runs until 5.00pm on Friday 28th February and 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
United Reformed Church in Fisherton Street Salisbury
Today's event is taking place at the United Reformed Church in Fisherton Street

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."

End of Route Cycle path sign at Britford - cycling bikes bicycle (Mike Draper)
They are also going to be discussing proposals to improve transport access into the city including routes for walking and cycling

ANYTHING ELSE? 

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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