Partial demolition of Weaver Square to begin 23 September
10 September 2019The first phase of demolition at Weaver Square will begin on Monday, 23 September. The programme of works is due to last until early December 2019.
Phase one will involve the demolition and site clearance of 10 redundant retail units and external canopy structures, which once completed the site will be secured with protective hoarding. During the demolition the existing access through Weaver Square will be maintained and all adjacent retail units, including the markets will remain accessible. The demolition will remove significant financial liability for the Council in terms of backlog maintenance and business rates whilst also preparing the site for future development.
For anyone wanting to know more about the phased demolition timetable, two drop-in sessions have been arranged for Thursday 12 September and Thursday 19 September between 5-7pm at Northwich Information Centre. This is an opportunity for local people to pop in and view the proposals in detail and discuss any concerns they may have.
Back in 2018, hundreds of local people from Northwich and the surrounding area responded to the Weaver Square masterplan consultation that set out potential new plans for the area.
Initial plans outlined potential opportunities to bring new residential development, a public services building, improved outdoor spaces and aspirations for the future provision of Northwich’s market including a small amount of commercial space, which could accommodate independent traders. Lots of interesting ideas came from the consultation, which the Council is continuing to explore further with its partners.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “I know people in Northwich will be glad to see things are moving forward at Weaver Square. It has always been the Council’s intention to create something on the site that complements Barons Quay, the high street and the rich history of the town.
“The first stage of the demolition will provide increased visibility for the existing shops already trading in the town centre.
“We are continuing to carefully review the feedback that we received during the consultation and hope to be able to share the outcomes of these discussions with residents over the coming months.”