Workshop dates announced for ‘Tamworth What’s Next?’ project

Friday, 22nd March 2019

TAMWORTH residents, business and visitors are being invited to attend a series of workshops to discuss some of the ideas that have been put forward as part of a campaign to regenerate Tamworth town centre.

Hundreds of people have so far engaged with Tamworth What’s Next which seeks to explore how the town can evolveand grow for the future. This includes almost 200 survey forms being completed online and via the Tamworth Herald newspaper and hundreds of views shared on social media.

The next stage of the consultation will see those people, and anyone else interested in sharing positive ideas for the future, invited to attend a discussion in the council chamber at Marmion House with Leader of the Council, Cllr Daniel Cook.

These will be held on Tuesday, May 7th, Wednesday, May 8thand Thursday, May 9th from 6pm to 8.30pm. During each session, Cllr Cook will outline the main themes and ideas that have been put forward by residents, businesses and visitors and invite further question and discussion.

The aim of Tamworth…What’s Next is to develop a new vision for the future of Tamworth town centre that is fit for the 21stcentury by working together with interested parties to explore new ideas and develop a sustainable town centre offer.

The first two sessions (on Tuesday and Wednesday) will be for residents and visitors while the third (Thursday) will be dedicated for businesses. As capacity in the council chamber is limited to 70, people will be asked to register their attendance via a ticketing system.

Tickets can be obtained from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, by emailing tic@tamworth.gov.uk, calling 01827 709581, or by texting 88020. Please reserve your place by midday on Monday, May 6.

Discussion at the workshops will be led by the top 10 ideas that have been collated from survey responses.

These include; more niche shops, quality restaurants, free/cheaper parking, a new museum, better promotion of heritage, links to Ventura Park, more activities/events for children, a splash pad/temporary beach and improved evening entertainment.

Cllr Cook said: “We’re delighted with the response to the campaign so far with some great ideas being submitted. It’s now time to take that to the next level and start to explore some of these ideas in more depth to see which can be taken forward for further development. I hope people take this opportunity to join the debate.

“Unfortunately election rules mean we have to delay for a month, but we do not want to lose the real forward momentum we have. Therefore I look forward to continuing the debate in early May.”

To find out more about Tamworth… What’s Next? please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/tamworth-whats-next.