RESIDENTS took part in an engagement event with Trafford Council to put forward their views on the regeneration of Stretford.
Around 100 residents gathered at St Ann's Social Club in Stretford on Tuesday night to discuss two main topics with Council officers - the development of the Lacy Street site and Public Realm around the Edge Lane/A56 area.
The event was an early engagement event and provided a forum for further discussion on key elements of the plan prior to more detailed plans being drawn up.
Last year, the Council carried out one of its largest ever consultations, resulting in over 2,000 people sharing their feedback via public events and surveys. Following that, changes were made to some key parts of the scheme and the Council felt that the time was now right to update residents on the current state of play and ask for feedback for the next elements of the Stretford Masterplan.
Cllr Mike Freeman, Executive Member for Constitutional Reform and Resident Engagement, opened the event by welcoming everyone.
Richard Roe, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director for Place, gave an explanation of the current situation and encouraged people to put all their ideas forward.
Following round table discussions with Council officers, a number of ideas were suggested. These included:
- Opening up the canal as a community asset
- Improving the environment with more green spaces and trees
- Solving parking issues in the area
- More bars and restaurants
- The building of small scale housing not tower blocks
- Traffic calming measures on the A56 and surrounding main roads
- Giving Stretford more of an identity
Cllr Freeman said: "This meeting was an opportunity for us to listen to local residents about what they would like to see in the area and was a big success.
“There were some great suggestions and we will now go back and discuss all the ideas put forward. We are totally committed to improving the area and, although there will be challenges along the way, I am optimistic about the future. We are keen to get as many views as possible on the development.”
Trafford Council will now gather all the ideas and suggestions for further meetings with the community in three to six months’ time.
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Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2018