Kirkham Residents To Get First Sight Of Plans To Improve Town Centre

July 6, 2021

People who live and work in Kirkham are to get the chance give their views on proposals drawn up to help regenerate the town’s historic high street.

Urban design specialists The Paul Hogarth Company have been brought in to formulate plans to improve and enhance outdoor spaces within Kirkham’s Conservation Area – which includes the town’s famous Market Square and central streets.

The work is part of Fylde Borough Council’s £10m Kirkham Futures regeneration masterplan designed to breathe new life into Kirkham town centre.

Following initial consultation with residents and local businesses, held in April, The Paul Hogarth Company team has now drawn up a series of outline proposals to improve the town’s public realm which includes road layouts, pavements, open spaces, lighting etc.

These emerging proposals will be published next week followed by a special consultation event held in Market Square on Saturday June 26, between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The public are invited to give their feedback to the proposals either in person on the day or via the Kirkham Futures website www.kirkhamfutures.org

These views will be taken on board as the proposals are developed and more detailed designs formulated.

Andrew Haley, Director with The Paul Hogarth Company, said: “At the end of April, on behalf of Fylde Council, we led stakeholder engagement which was focussed on providing insights into the way the public realm of Kirkham currently works, ways in which it could be improved and qualities to be safeguarded.

“Informed by what we heard outline proposals have been developed. They provide an emerging vision for the town, which will contribute to it becoming increasingly distinctive, sustainably supporting a vibrant business and residential community.

“Elements include Market Square, Town End, the streetscapes of Poulton Street, Preston Street, Church Street and Freckleton Street, as well as linkages to the car parks and Park.

“We are keen to continue the conversations with those who have been involved before – and would welcome new perspectives.”

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

• From Wednesday June 23, the emerging proposals will be available to look at on the Kirkham Futures website www.kirkhamfutures.org The website will provide a link to a questionnaire where people can leave their feedback

• On Saturday June 26, from 10:30am - 2:30pm, The Paul Hogarth team will be in Market Square to explain the proposals and hear thoughts about how they can be refined.

In developing proposals specific to Kirkham, The Paul Hogarth Company team draw on their experience from across the UK and internationally. This includes their work on Belfast’s famed waterfront and Titanic Quarter, the revitalisation of Lisburn City Centre and the Wild Atlantic Way, which has, through tourism, underpinned economic regeneration on the west coast of Ireland.

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