Walsall Council has engaged a specialist company to undertake face-to-face interviews with residents ahead of two major regeneration projects in the Town Centre. Between 17 May and 9 June 2022, researchers will be in town asking residents and visitors about the town centre and plans to improve the visitor experience, particularly movement between the train and bus station.
The Connected Gateway project will create a landmark arrival into Walsall Town Centre by increasing the footfall and types of uses in the area, and further contributing to the recovery and future strength of the economy. The ambitious scheme also involves the redevelopment of the Saddlers Centre shopping centre with enhanced railway gateway entrance, rail concourse and associated street works around the bus station. The overall aim is to improve connectivity between Walsall bus and railway stations by creating a new public square on Park Street, also improving passenger access to and from the station. The second project proposed will create a Performing Arts Venue within the Saddlers Centre.
The projects have been made possible by awards from the government’s Future High Streets Fund and Town Deal. In addition, there are also plans to remodel Gallery Square and enhance the canal basin area in a major transformation of Walsall Town Centre.
Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew said:
“Real change is coming to Walsall Town Centre as we work to deliver the aims of the Town Centre Masterplan. Government funding has given us the opportunity to turn our vision into reality. It’s important that we listen to our residents and take them with us on this exciting journey.”
Participation in the survey is voluntary. Only those aged 16+ can participate. The survey is completely confidential and anonymous and takes about 9-10 minutes to complete. The answers and the views people express individually are absolutely confidential.
More information about the projects is available on the council web site at www.walsall.gov.uk/walsallcom/Walsall-Invest/Walsall-Town-Centre