EARLIER this year Central England Co-operative announced that the existing Co-operative supermarket at Ninian Way, Wilnecote will be closing.
The Society has been working with Hawkstone Vale Developments Ltd to look at regenerating the site and to provide new and improved facilities for the community of Wilnecote.
A spokesperson from Central England Co-operative explains; ‘The existing store has seen a decline in sales, and like other retailers, we are constantly adapting to retail challenges at a local level. This decision was not taken lightly and it is necessary to protect the long-term future and growth of the Society as a whole. There is now an opportunity to redevelop the whole site and bring forward a new retail and community facility. We are working with Hawkstone to bring forward this exciting development.’
The development, proposed to be named ‘Skey Park’, will include a number of new facilities such as a discount supermarket, a range of stores, a gym, crèche, three drive-to restaurants / cafés, car and cycle parking, an improvement to the pedestrian links, as well as new planting and landscaping.
Andrew Kirton, Managing Director of Hawkstone said; ‘This is a real opportunity to provide new jobs and regenerate the site to provide the local community with a range of high quality and accessible facilities.’
‘Skey Park will bring many long-term benefits to Wilnecote. Creating a pleasant and welcoming environment for visitors to the site, boosting the local economy and creating an estimated 234 new jobs in a range of professions, requiring a number of different skills levels’.
Details of the proposals will go on display at a drop-in event being held in-store at the existing Co-operative supermarket at Ninian Way on Wednesday 12th July 2017 between 2pm – 7:30pm.
Members of the public, local residents, businesses and anyone with an interest in the scheme are encouraged to attend the public exhibition to learn more about the proposals, to talk to the development team and to contribute to the public consultation which is taking place ahead of a planning application being submitted to Tamworth Borough Council later this summer.