Exciting plans for the development of Wincton’s river corridor were announced by the city council yesterday. Plans centre on the former Wincton Brewery site and the adjacent park and ride land. The brewery site has been criticised in recent council reports because of the “negative impression” it creates for visitors to the city with its location close to Junction 36 of the motorway.
British Investment PLC has submitted development plans which will soon be open for public consultation. The Gazette understands that the plans include the development of a shopping mall and related leisure opportunities including restaurants, bars and hotel accommodation. A spokesperson for British Investment PLC yesterday said that “The development represents a major investment for Winton. The regenreation and redevelopment of the former brewery site will not only bring much needed investment to Wincton, but will also create much needed jobs.”
A spokesperson for Wincton City Council added that “Wincton was in need of new investment and the brewery site has been in decline for a long period of time. The car parks, which were previously used in the Wincton Park and Ride initiative, have been a victim of the declining visitor numbers to the city and are therefore under-utilised. The development of this area is long overdue and the proximity to the motorway junction will mean that many more people will be able to access the planned leisure opportunities.”
Eileen Blandford, chair of Wincton Chamber of Commerce said “This is not a development my members will welcome. As with other developments of this type it will lead to the destruction of our independent retailers in the city centre. Out of town developments of this type may well attract people to the district, but they will not attract them to the city centre.”
The plans will be presented before the City Council this Wednesday evening and will be opened for public consultation from next Monday. People interested in viewing the plans should visit the City Council website where full details are listed.