The Lancashire Evening Post, Monday, 10th October 2011
"Green paper" for city square
By DAVID COATES
A 'GREEN paper' will be drawn up on what should happen to Preston's Winckley Square.
The Winckley Square Community Interest Company, the group set up to oversee the running of the gardens, is asking people for their opinions on what they want to see on the historic Georgian square.
It will draw up the initial report, which it will put out to further consultation at the start of next year, before putting together a final action plan.
Chairman David Gill, a former accountant at Moore and Smalley, which has an office on the square, said the group wanted to draw up a plan for the next five years.
Chairman: David Gill
The Secretary of State for Planning has now given listed building consent for the railings to be extended up to 6.Sft tall and a new access gate installed, He said: "We need to remember that anything we do to the Square is sustainable, because we do not want to promise anything we cannot deliver or maintain.
"I think if we could put together a plan which looks at aims which can be achieved in the next five years, that would be what we want to achieve."
The group has launched an online questionnaire on its official website, which went live today, asking people for their opinions on what should happen with the Square. It includes questions over whether they would like to see more seating areas created, refreshments sold in the gardens and trees removed to allow more sunlight in.
Simon Turner, managing director of PR agency Freshfield, which is based on the Square, said it would also be hosting focus groups with people living on the Square, business leaders and heritage groups.
He said: "The research will take place over the course of the rest of the year, and this fact-finding mission will feed into our `green paper.'
"That will lay out a set of ideas based on what people have told us they would like to see rather than what we think.
"From there, we can pull together a firm plan of action to get things moving on the Square."
• To have your say visit the CIC official website at www.winckleysquarecic.org.