Brentford High Street Group Reports Back
Recommends that Waterman's be moved to centre of town
Over sixty people recently attended a report back event at Watermans Arts Centre as the Brentford High Street community planning project drew to a close.
One of the conclusions from the exercise was a recommendation that the Waterman's Art Centre be relocated into the centre of Brentford.
The steering group representatives: Leigh Stops, Luke Kirton, Chris Richards, Cllr Matt Harmer and Cllr Andrew Dakers fed back on the conclusions drawn from the six month project that has involved hundreds of residents in determining the community’s vision for the future of Brentford High Street.
They were joined by guest speakers Tim Luckett (President Brentford Chamber of Commerce) and Paul Sanders-Jackson (New Economics Foundation). Cllr Phil Andrews sent a video message of support from the Council’s administration.
Andrew Dakers, Chair of the High Street Steering Group, said, "By encouraging active and continuing participation from the whole Brentford community, envisioning our High Street’s future we set out to identify a regeneration approach that is unique and particular to this site and this community. Our intent was to set out an inspiring vision for a unique, world class sustainable regeneration of Brentford High Street’s town centre that is also financially deliverable. In the report’s draft recommendations the Steering Group hope we have succeeded."
He believes that an anchor store is needed amongst the High Street's diverse range of retail outlets. However, expert advice indicates that due to Brentford’s geographical position and surrounding competition there are limits to the retail growth potential. The conclusion was therefore that way forward appears to be in shaping a much more vibrant and high quality retail mix that encourages local residents to spend significantly more locally and creates a unique destination.
Cllr. Dakers also addressed the issue of potential complications in the relationship with developers in the area. He said, “There is no doubt there are difficult conversations to be had with the developers Ballymore/ Geronimo who may not share all the community’s view of what is needed in Brentford town centre. However I hope that Ballymore/ Geronimo will rise to the challenge and that constructive dialogue will continue. Win-win solutions must be sought for the challenges the South side of Brentford High Street site presents.”
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July 5, 2007