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Bosses want to hear residents' views on future vision for Shrewsbury - with video

By Jordan Reynolds | Shrewsbury | Business | Published:

Shrewsbury residents have added their views to a new plan for the town, as a "pop-up shop" opened.

Executive Director Seb Slater talking to local residents about the plans

The Big Town Plan is the brainchild of Shrewsbury Business Improvement District which is working with Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council.

Among the proposed ideas is making the town centre's roads "shared use", encouraging car drivers to slow and pedestrians to use more of the roads.

The shop, on Wyle Cop, features boards with artist impressions of what the town could look like, along with descriptions and a space for visitors to write their feedback.

There is also a children's area with a map of the town on the floor and toy cars, and an area with seats and iPads for people to visit the Big Town Plan website and find out more there.

Emma Molyneux, project coordinator, said about 40 people came into the shop yesterday on the first day.

She said: "We've been really busy, I'd say we've had between 30 and 40 people popping in.

"We've had a mix of ages, but mostly older people as we've been open in the day.

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"On Tuesdays we will be open from 2pm to 7pm and we'll also be open at weekends to allow a bigger range of people to come and have their say.

"People have been most interested in movement, there's lots of thoughts about pedestrianisation.

"One of the points we've focused on is attracting more high quality businesses while retaining our independent retailers, being a place where people want to come and invest.

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"For example, the offices above the train station are empty at the moment and we would like them to be used.

"Rather than people bringing cars then they could travel to work by train, it's the perfect space for it.

"We want to nurture natural Shrewsbury, to make more of our river and green spaces and tackling poor air quality.

"People have been very happy to be asked and to be involved in this which is in an early stage.

"We have done workshops and consulted with places such as The HIVE, the colleges and university, about 20 stake holders, and these ideas are what have come out of it.

"It's the town's plan, not just the council's plan."

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, added: "This is just a summary of the plan. We are opening it up for people to have their view now."

The "pop-up shop" is at 80 Wyle Cop. For more information visit shrewsburybigtownplan.org

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star covering Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas.

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