Residents, businesses and visitors will soon be invited to help create an exciting and ambitious new vision for the future of Banbury town centre as Cherwell District Council announces intentions to unlock further regeneration in the town.
The consultation piece titled Banbury Vision 2050 will seek local peoples’ views on retail, culture and tourism, the nighttime economy, housing, employment and connectivity in the town the results of which will help shape a vision for Banbury for the next 30 years.
Over the last three years, Conservative-controlled Cherwell District Council has delivered a street food experience and events space at Lock 29, a new supermarket, waterside restaurants and The Light Cinema and entertainment complex, which, taken together, have transformed the canalside area into a destination for residents and visitors alike. With those projects now complete, the Council is looking to the future.
This important piece of consultative work will help form a long-term vision for Banbury and ultimately, look to unlock further regeneration of the town centre.
Banbury Conservatives said: “The completion of Castle Quay Waterfront was a landmark moment for Banbury. The Light entertainment space in particular has been a huge hit with residents and, taken together with the other parts of the Waterfront project, has really revitalised our historic canalside. We championed the Waterfront regeneration from the beginning but we know we cannot rest on our laurels.
We need to look at what comes next for Banbury and while there have been fundamental shifts in consumer behaviour which has changed the nature of the High Street there are opportunities to be creative with our town centre space. We all have a stake in the future of our town centre so we hope that as many residents as possible will engage with the consultation and that, together, we can ensure that Banbury continues to thrive.”