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Restaurant and bar owner throws weight behind pedestrianised, green Winckley Street

Posted on - 1st December, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Food & Drink, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Pubs, Redevelopment, Restaurants in Preston, Winckley Square
One vision for Winckley Street by John Bright
One vision for Winckley Street by John Bridge

A new green pedestrianised vision has been revealed for a popular Preston street with one business owner throwing his weight by the idea.

John Bridge, found of Studio John Bridge Architects, created the designs for Winckley Street after efforts by local traders to maintain the street’s pedestrianisation status that were temporarily in place under government regulations during the Covid pandemic.

Marvin Baldwin, owner of Forum said: “Having long campaigned for the pedestrianisation of Preston’s beautiful cobbled Georgian Winckley Street, I feel this project is a unique opportunity to change the street from one that is constantly blighted by cars, vans and lorries into a safe, green pedestrianised space that would be a fantastic addition to the city centre and the Winckley square area.”

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The new vision, which includes a sustainable eco-design glass canopy enabling all-year round outdoor service, would see vehicles other than deliveries for local traders and nearby residents excluded, while reintroducing pedestrian gates onto the street.

Jake Suthers of the QS Company, who has been assisting with the vision for the street, has estimated that the cost of the project, including the ‘Green Canopy’, would cost in the region of £500,000.

One vision for Winckley Street by John Bright
One vision for Winckley Street by John Bright

John Bridge said: “During the Coronavirus pandemic, Winckley Street benefitted from something of a renaissance with the street being closed off to cars and other traffic, and businesses able to offer outdoor seating without the inconvenience of vehicles passing by – not to mention the fantastic weather we had at the time.”

“Unfortunately, those temporary measures were removed [when the lockdown ended] and, like many small businesses in the current economic climate, traders on Winckley Street are now suffering from a change in consumer attitudes as well as the inconvenience of cars and other vehicles impeding the ‘feel’ the street had during that period.”

The desgin was created in collaboration with former City Councillor and campaigner Daniel Dewhurst, who was involved in the council’s application for funding to restore the Old Tram Bridge.

John and Daniel said they met with representatives from Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council to explore options and funding opportunities for the Winckley Street idea. John has also met with a representative from Friends of Winckley Square CIC to discuss the scheme and potential funding opportunities.

Preston residents and businesses are now being asked to provide their feedback on the designs, which can be sent to john@studiojohnbridge.co.uk

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