‘Reimagining Kingston Town Centre Streets and Spaces’ report unveiled
A new strategy for Kingston Town Centre has been unveiled in a report called ‘Reimagining Kingston Town Centre Streets and Spaces’, which outlines a strategic plan focused on developing new ideas for how streets and public spaces can contribute towards a successful, vibrant and inclusive town centre.
The long term strategy was commissioned through a collaboration between Kingston First, Kingston Council, Kingston University and the Mayor of London. The report, produced by urban design consultancy ‘We Made That’, is set to become the blueprint to help secure future funding opportunities and development plans for the area over the next decade.
Key principles of the report include; ongoing collaboration between local groups, providing infrastructure to support local culture, addressing severance and visibility, expanding economic opportunities, introducing catalysts for activities and celebrating Kingston’s Unique identity.
Kirsten Henly, chief executive at Kingston First said: “This strategy has been created through a great partnership, with each organisation and our local stakeholders able to represent and help bring together the myriad of activities that take place in Kingston and think about how spaces will develop. Our aim now is to use this strategy as a guide to improve and better connect the town’s spaces and locations which in turn supports the whole of Kingston’s town centre offer.”
Nazeya Hussain, director of growth at Kingston Council commented: “We welcome the new strategy and guiding principles for enhancing Kingston Town Centre. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to the development of their local area and encourage residents and businesses to get involved with the project proposals, or even submit new ideas that support our priorities, and we can make Kingston better together.”