Maidenhead community helps develop regeneration vision
Published: Thursday, 14th December 2017
Community leaders have been invited to help develop the plans to regenerate Maidenhead as Countryside and the Royal Borough welcomed business owners and residents to a series of workshops.
Each part of the community has been given the opportunity to work with Countryside and the Royal Borough as the joint venture partnership seeks to invest in a town centre for everyone.
The groups included Maidenhead Waterways, Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce and a wide variety of Maidenhead arts groups, who will all stand to benefit from the changes that will occur as the development of the town progresses.
The first two town centres sites, at York Road and West Street, are progressing well, with the first planning application expected to be submitted in spring 2018.
Daniel King, Development Director at Countryside, said: "Maidenhead has a very active community and it is important for us, in partnership with the Royal Borough to harness this interest and enthusiasm to work with these key groups to share ideas and eliminate potential challenges before they arise. These workshops went extremely well and we are grateful for the time and effort that people are happy to give to further the regeneration of their town.
"It was a great opportunity to share our vision and allow others to express support, ask questions, and raise concerns, in a more informal environment."
The Maidenhead arts workshop was particularly well attended with members of Maidenhead Drama Guild, Stage One Youth, PROM, Norden Farm and even the organiser of the local farmers market attending to share views. The key aspect was gauging participant's use of the Desborough Suite and how best to improve its offering, which is part of the regeneration programme.
Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities at the Royal Borough, also attended the meeting and said:
"The level of enthusiasm for the plans that Countryside and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead are proposing was excellent to see. We have an extremely vibrant arts community and it is important that we listen to their needs and support them."
Countryside and the Royal Borough are working towards building a thriving town centre invigorated with new homes, shops, businesses and community areas for residents old and new to enjoy.
Further public exhibitions will be held on 19th and 20th January in the Nicholsons Centre and all residents, business and interested parties will be welcomed to view more detailed plans on the development.
More details on the event will be distributed in December.