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Wednesbury residents and workers reminded there’s still time to give views on town centre proposals

Published 24th November 2021

Residents and workers in Wednesbury still have time to give their views on proposals to revitalise the town’s historic centre and improve its walking and cycling infrastructure.

The public consultation runs until 30 November, and local people can still take part online (the text takes you to a web link).

The Wednesbury High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) project proposes:
• Public realm improvements to Market Place, featuring the enlarging of pedestrian space to create a multi-use event space, and high quality paving materials
• The relocation of the open air market to Market Place and the top of Union Street
• Improvements to the Clock Tower
• Enhancements to the buildings within the conservation area.
• Cultural and community activities
• Transportation and highway proposals to be delivered as part of the Active Travel Fund, complementing the HSHAZ project, consisting of walking and cycling infrastructure improvements which aim to improve people’s physical and mental health.

The project is being led by Sandwell Council in conjunction with Historic England.

Councillor Iqbal Padda, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “I want to thank those Wednesbury residents and workers who have already taken their time to give their views on the proposals for the town centre. Their contributions and insights are appreciated by myself and the consultation team.

“I would still encourage those with an interest in the future of this historic conservation area to register their views before the consultation closes on 30 November.”

Councillor Maria Crompton, Deputy Leader, said: “We know that people feel proud of Wednesbury ‘s rich heritage and culture, and we value the views and ideas of residents and workers in shaping a safer, more enjoyable and vibrant town centre. I would urge local people to share their views on the proposals before the consultation closes on 30 November.”

The Wednesbury HSHAZ project is part of Sandwell Council's commitment, in partnership with Historic England, to help the borough’s struggling high streets and to highlight the historic significance of the area. The heritage-led regeneration scheme runs until March 2024.

The HSHAZ is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories these places tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

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