Have your say in plans for Garstang Community Centre

Garstang Community and Business Centre
Garstang Community and Business Centre

Keyworker Homes, the “preferred developer” for the Garstang Community and Business Centre site and adjacent car park, is set to consult locals about its proposals for the flagship site.

The company, which says it wants to provide an “exciting gateway” to the town, is leafleting local residents inviting them to attend drop-in events at the town’s High Street Centre next week and share their views.

This is a small scale development, not anything major.

Eian Bailey, managing director of Keyworker Homes

It says the sessions will enable people to view “conceptual ideas for the redevelopment” of the Centre and the neighbouring pay and display car park.”

Campaign group Garstang Under Threat and Town Mayor Coun Lynn Harter are urging as many people as possible to attend and comment.

Blackpool based Keyworker Homes says in its leaflet: “We are committed to delivering the re-development to provide an exciting new ‘gateway’ to the town centre. In order to ensure that the scheme meets as many of the aspirations of local residents, businesses and visitors to the town as possible we are actively seeking your views at an informal drop-in event where initial ideas will be presented for your comments.”

Members of the design team will also be present to respond to queries.

The drop-ins are on Wednesday September 2 from 10am - 2pm, Thursday September 3 from 4pm - 8 pm and Friday September 4 from 1pm - 4pm.

Earlier this year the Courier revealed Wyre Councillors had been advised of proposals to build a large retail unit and 46 apartments for the elderly with warden accommodation and a private garden. The company was thought to have bid £1.6m for the Wyre Council owned site.

But since then it has become apparent certain covenants will restrict development.

Controversy has continued to rage in the town following Wyre Council’s decision to dispose of the site as a ”failing asset”. Garstang Town Council declined an offer to purchase it for £230,000.

Eian Bailey, managing director of Keyworker Homes, said an improved entrance to the site could be created which was better laid out for pedestrians and disabled parking, the flower beds at the current entrance would be retained, the number of proposed apartments had not been set, but he expected it would be less than 46 and they might be located in a different part of the site to the existing Centre, which would be demolished. Existing public lavatories could be relocated on the site. He said: “This is a small scale development, not anything major.”

He said the meetings would show the public the scale of what the site could accommodate: “The whole site will be restructured and relaid out and put in a more user friendly way with a new entrance if the proposals are approved.”

Keyworker Homes will be invited to attend a future meeting of the Town Council.

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