Moving Elms road so that it goes all the way up and allows people to bypass the train station. This will mean less green on the left.
Other than that you can take it or leave it. Sprucing up what we have would be great.
Having said that we are looking to offer something different to attract shoppers into Wokingham are we not? Are we going to fund it bit by bit through profitable local governance, loans or developer contributions (houses).
How are we not going to kill the rest of the town as the Oracle has done?
I have made a little drawing for people to discuss and then I will actually change it quickly owing to the consensus.
I have put three shots together. What we have, what WB would like to do, What my maximum development would be trying to develop only the same area as wellington house, and protecting most of the established trees and hedgerows. I have moved the on the left to the other side of the road and made them retail at the bottom. This can result, at a glance, that the original open area on the right is smaller looks smaller. You need to look outside and include the paths that area near invisible on the WB one.
- A. Double deck to car park
- B. Three story building. Scalable retail / food / enclosed market space below. Regis style offices above, residential / bedsits on top
- C. Council owned, bid run day nursery with drop and shop facility.
- D. Basket ball 5 a side caged tarmac with installable centre net for Wokinghams Wacky Dodgeball league.
- E. Enclosed play area
- F. Open space / events area, with enhanced slope for natural seating.
- G. Shallow water with fish. Radio control boat hire. Drainage into here. big end much deeper (to store more water) and grilled off.
- H. Small retail with perhaps residential above. The offering here should be limited to sports and music culture to provide transparent area of interest to the 13-25s. Perhaps add a scate run long the path?
- Blue dots are statues of significant historical figures such as Optimus Prime and Ghandi.
The main differences between mine an WB is No food store underground car park (flood creator) or old town killing plaza. The visual of larger units overlooking Elms is still there only much further back leaving private pick nick space to the rear of the units and protecting most of the established trees and hedgerows.
The Elms anchor is the parking, waterside setting and the drop and shop. We are looking for oracle waterside with a green to bring people in from out of town need to limit the offering to get them to wander into town. We'd also offer them the week day morning nursery / drop and shop for the weekends so the yummy mummy's can offload the little buggers before heading into town. Those using the 2.5 hour daily pre-school sessions in the week would also be all set to wander into town to get the days supplies.
I've walked the length of Reading to get from the oracle to TK max. Our TK max perhaps needs to be in a mini mall where that building opposite the Ship inn is? We send the last remaining 'Shoppers' up the whole length to get to a major clothes Store or two on that site.
Discuss . . and fix my messy text. I've not paid £x00k to consultants (relatives) to make what I like look pretty.
On a final note. If you would rather future consultations were actually consultations, i.e. they engage a representative sample and take into account their views, then you need to start standing for elections rather than leaving it to developers cronies.