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Winckley Square’s future needs YOUR help

Posted on - 16th March, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre, Winckley Square
Enjoying the sunshine in the new Winckley Square seating area Pic: Tony Worrall
Enjoying the sunshine in the new Winckley Square seating area Pic: Tony Worrall

It’s undergone a major restoration but now those behind the revamp of Winckley Square want your help.

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The Georgian Square and its surrounding streets are being branded the ‘Winckley Quarter’.

Around £1.2million was spent on improving drainage and the appearance of the Gardens within the Square, and it has been a popular spot for sunseekers as Preston has recently bathed in Spring sunshine.

A survey is being run to ask the city what it thinks of the new-look Square, what they’d like to see happen to the surrounding area and what events should take place throughout the year.

Co-founder and director of the Winckley Square Community Interest Company Mick Goode said: “When we started in 2011, with no money and a blank canvas, our first job was to seek the views of the community to help drive our vision for the Square – the result was the powerful yet sympathetic restoration of the Gardens. We have created a space that wouldn’t look out of place in any major city.

“We see the completion of the restoration work as the start of an exciting future for the area and the manifesto which we are drawing up will build on our work to date.

“Just as we did in 2011 and 2012 we want the people of Preston to have their say and hope people will contribute their thoughts and ideas to help us shape the vision for this very important and brilliant part of Preston.”

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Winckley Square gardens is to host the business networking event
A view of the revamped Gardens

Funding for the work in Winckley Square came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Preston’s Business Improvement District.

Preston BID manager Mark Whittle said: “The BID is proud to have a been a strategic partner in delivering the impressive improvements to Winckley Square. It’s vital that these improvements are seen as ongoing and we are delighted to confirm our commitment to further support the area throughout BID’s third-term (2017-2022).

“Winckley Square plays a pivotal part in the make-up of the city centre – through the survey, we would urge people to share their thoughts and ideas on how the area can improve further.”

Read more: English Oak planted in Winckley Square

Anyone can take part in the survey by using the online link to give their views.

What do you make of the new look Square? Let us know your views in the comments below

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