Salisbury’s labour councillors, both City and Wiltshire actively support these schemes.

Wiltshire Council needs to carryout a vigorous public consultation process and fully explain the huge benefits to Salisbury in order for these projects to be the success they can be.

Central Area Framework (CAF)

Follow this link to view the consultation document (now closed Feb 2020)

Here’s a summary of the CAF (document dated August 2020)

Salisbury River Park

Consultation document (closed 7 January2021)

The vision for the River Park is a lasting legacy of riverside green space and urban wildlife habitat for the people of Salisbury and its visitors to enjoy well into the future. The River Park area will better connect the linear riverside route from the Ashley Road Open Space towards Elizabeth Gardens, north to south through the centre of Salisbury along the margins of the River Avon. It will enhance the setting and quality of the river while delivering essential flood risk mitigation to protect existing and future residents and businesses, building resilience to the effects of climate change.

Next steps

Over the consultation period, 184 responses to the Salisbury River Park consultation were received.

Officers at Wiltshire Council are currently in the process of analysing the responses that were received that relate to Part 1: the Salisbury River Park Masterplan. A full summary, including responses to each of the points of feedback that were raised, will be presented as part of a Consultation Report. A copy of this report will be distributed to all those who responded to the consultation. This report will also be presented to the council’s Strategic Planning Committee alongside a revised version of the Salisbury River Park Masterplan for endorsement, which is expected to be in June 2021, alongside the Environment Agency’s Phase 1 planning application.

The Environment Agency will be using the responses received relating to the Part 2: Draft Phase 1 proposals to inform the final designs for the Phase 1 proposals. It is expected that a full summary and responses will be presented in a Statement of Community Involvement to accompany the forthcoming planning application to be submitted by the Environment Agency in Spring 2021.

Fisherton Street Gateway

Funding now received for this project – Wiltshire Council currently working on priorities within the scheme as funding short of what was expected.

This project forms part of Wiltshire Council’s submission to central government under the Future High Streets Fund bid. If successful, this project will provide a new welcoming entrance to the city. Various interventions at key areas along Fisherton Street are proposed to help improve visitors’ first impression of the area, make it far more people friendly and to help draw people into the city centre. The concept is based around independent traders and building on the vibrant and varied mix of arts, cultures and artisans who currently occupy the street.

Station Quarter

Funding now received for this project – Wiltshire Council currently working on priorities within the scheme as funding short of what was expected.

This project will transform the arrival experience at Salisbury’s railway station, and links in with the proposals that are put forward for the Fisherton Street Gateway project. Various interventions will be proposed to improve quality of the public realm around the station, including an enhanced travel interchange, improved Stonehenge visitor experience, improved wayfinding, landscaping and car parking facilities. This project will be the subject of a Masterplan.

People Friendly Streets

Local support for the ‘people friendly’ traffic measures from stakeholders was interrupted by Salisbury City Conservative Councillors falling out with themselves.  This resulted in Wiltshire Council’s decision to suspend the scheme indefinitely.

No activity or spending on the scheme has occurred since that decision.

Salisbury City Council then voted to back the scheme in at an Extraordinary Full Council meeting.

Illuminating Salisbury

The Illuminating Salisbury project will provide a fantastic outdoor visitor light attraction that will illuminate the stories of Salisbury’s rich heritage. Wiltshire Council have been engaging with the local community about stories and experiences of Salisbury with a view to creating storyboards for the illumination show. This project is subject to a successful bid for funding

Public Art

A public arts consultant has been appointed to help commission a number of public art and lighting artists to create high quality public realm interventions in Fisherton Street. This project is subject to a successful bid for funding.

Wayfinding

Consultants have been engaged to deliver a Wayfinding Strategy which will inform the delivery of significant improvements to the signage infrastructure in the city, to support visitors’ experience of moving through the city.

Heritage Trail App

Wiltshire Council are developing a Salisbury Heritage Trail app for a smart phone. It will be targeted towards tourists as well as local residents and those in outlying areas giving them more reasons to explore Salisbury’s heritage, histories and mysteries.

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