A ‘LIVELY’ discussion has been held about plans to develop St Mary’s Lands.
Warwick District Council held a question and answer session where residents and businesses could find out more about the plans. More than 80 people turned up to the meeting at Warwick Court House.
Council chief executive Chris Elliot, coun Noel Butler and a representative from developers Plinke were on hand to answer questions the site.
A masterplan – to be put into action later this year – includes a cycle path from Hampton Road to Saltisford Brook; improvements to footpaths and parking; a new play area next to the Forbes estate; public toilet facilities at both the golf club and Racing Club Warwick, and improved drainage and flood defences.
Landscaping for the grade-II listed Hill Close Gardens on Bread and Meat Close has also been included in the redevelopment proposals, as has a new entrance to the racecourse.
A feasibility study is also being held into the economic benefits a hotel could bring to the town.
Coun Butler, who is also a member of the St Mary’s Lands working party, said: “I’m very pleased that so many local people took the time to attend this meeting and hope that some of the inaccuracies surrounding this project have been clarified.
“These are exciting times for residents and visitors to Warwick with the opportunity to improve this beautiful open space and make it more accessible for everyone to enjoy not only as a visitor destination for the town, but as a place of value to the local community groups who use it.”