An artist impression of how Wednesbury town centre could look under proposals

Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to have their say on plans to redevelop the public realm in Wednesbury Town Centre.

The proposals are designed to improve the attractiveness and safety of Wednesbury town centre’s public spaces between Wednesbury Great Western Street tram stop, Wednesbury Bus Station and Union Street.

As part of the plans, the project will positively revitalise the town centre by providing more places to sit, rest and socialise. This means more benches that are more comfortable, more bins to minimise littering and more trees and planting.

The proposals also include brighter and better-quality paving and improved lighting along Great Western Street, Union Street, Victoria Street, outside Morrisons, the Museum and Art Gallery and in the proposed ‘Ethelfleda Square’ outside the bus station.

From 29 January until 11 March, everyone is invited to have their say on the plans. People can complete an online survey via the Consultation Hub or drop into Wednesbury Library or the following public engagement events where they can see the plans and discuss them with the officers working on the project. These will be held on:  

Tuesday 13 February, 9am to 12pm – Union Street (near the bus station) 

Saturday 17 February, 9am to 12pm – Morrison's Supermarket 

This consultation is part of the Levelling Up Partnership which is a unique partnership between Government and Sandwell Council. 

The Levelling Up Partnership will help Sandwell Council deliver much-needed new homes, help tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, improve green spaces and Wednesbury town centre, and expand the Millennium Centre so that more can be done to give people the skills they need to secure better jobs. The Levelling Up Partnership builds upon regeneration and plans in place to deliver ambitious projects for Wednesbury with £20million investment.

Sandwell Council has set up a partnership board to oversee the Levelling Up Partnership.

Chair of the Wednesbury Levelling Up Partnership Board, Maria Jardine said:

“I am delighted to Chair the Wednesbury Levelling Up Partnership Board. The Board brings together a range of representatives including councillors, MPs, statutory bodies, business leaders, voluntary sector representatives and young people. We want to make a lasting difference in Wednesbury.

“There are some exciting ideas for improving the appearance of Wednesbury Town Centre and I am looking forward to hearing your views through this consultation. We want the Town Centre to be a thriving place.”

Councillor Peter Hughes, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and West Midlands Combined Authority, said:

“I’d urge people to contribute to this consultation and offer your thoughts. Our aim is to revitalise Wednesbury Town Centre, and we want your input to help us to do that. In fact, later this year, there will be a further consultation to gain your views on the long-term future of Wednesbury Town Centre.”

To find out more about the Levelling Up Partnership and the projects for Wednesbury please visit Wednesbury Levelling Up Partnership - Regenerating Sandwell

Published: Monday, 29th January 2024