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Open Meeting at Salisbury Arts Centre

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Taking Salisbury Forwards: Current Projects and Goals

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th November.   As we have outgrown our usual venue we are  hosting the meeting at the Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT .    Everyone is welcome, there’s no charge for admission. Introductory session, with free drinks, starts at 6.45pm. Talks start at 7.30pm.

There will be three speakers

Tom Dobrashian Director for Economic Recovery, Salisbury and South Wiltshire, Wiltshire Council
Andy Wallis Flood Risk Management Technical Advisor, Dorset and Wiltshire Partnership and Strategic Overview Team, the Environment Agency
David Milton Team Leader, Major Projects, Wiltshire Council

Covering: Salisbury’s bid to the government’s Future High Streets fund. This has had initial success, with money granted for working up proposals further, before a final decision probably next year. A primary focus, if the bid is ultimately fully successful, will be upgrades to the route in from the railway station to the city centre, so a major emphasis on Fisherton Street. Designs for elements of this upgrade may be ready by the time of the meeting.

The Salisbury brand positioning project. This resulted in the publication earlier this year of ‘Salisbury: Competitive Brand Positioning. A guide for businesses, partners, stakeholders and residents.’ The aim of the project was to identify what it is that makes Salisbury special, and ways in which the city can sell itself, both to visitors and to businesses who might be encouraged to move here.

The Central Area Framework. This document has been in preparation throughout the year, and should be nearing completion by the time of the meeting. It seeks to identify the distinctive characteristics of the various parts of central Salisbury, and ways in which these can be built on to enhance the city. The Civic Society has taken a particular interest in ways of achieving pedestrian-friendly streets.

A River Park. This is one of the most important proposals emerging from the Central Area Framework, building on a similar but geographically more restricted concept which is at the heart of the now adopted Maltings masterplan. It envisages making much more of Salisbury’s rivers, from the Avon valley to the north, down to the Harnham water meadows.

Other facets of current projects aimed at promoting and reinvigorating Salisbury will be mentioned.

 

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