Residents back city redevelopment

Coventry City Centre Riverwalk plan

FUTURISTIC plans for Coventry city centre have been given the thumbs up by residents.

In September the city council unveiled adventurous £1billion proposals for what the city could look like.

Green parks above new shops, a waterway through the city centre and new homes feature in the plans put forward by The Jerde Partnership.

Now a consultation of more than 800 people has shown 91 percent think the proposals are an improvement.

The Jerde plans for Market Square

The consultation also asked for improvement suggestions.

Responses included more disabled parking, have plenty of toilets, demolish Cathedral Lanes, and retain the city’s history.

Leader of Coventry City Council Councillor Ken Taylor said: “Yet again I have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the city centre masterplan.

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“People have once again taken time to tell us what they think in great detail, and with a great deal of affection and loyalty for our city - both its past and its future.

“More than nine out of ten people, supported the masterplan's main themes and almost everyone agreed that we need to do something to create the city centre we all deserve.

"I spent a lot of time talking to people and the thing that came through really strongly for me was how much people want to feel proud of their city centre again.

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“Local people have a real passion for their city and we have always been clear that they can influence the plans.”

Coun Taylor added that information from the latest round of consultation would be passed to Jerde which would put forward the final plan in the new year.

What Coventry would look like at night
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