The July 2011 Survey for the Regeneration of Wokingham Town Centre Comments
Q5 What single thing do you think the development should do to improve the town centre?
remove 1960’s buildings, rebuild more in character with market town
create buildings in tune with existing buildings -old market town style architecture
maintain Market Town feel
buildings in Peach Street, Peach Street and corner of Rose Street need re-furbishing
compliment whats here, don’t create fake historic building styles, make a statement that
Wokingham is looking towards the future
Keep market town feel, retain historic buildings
stop trying to be like Bracknell and Reading
Demolish the ugly buildings which have already destroyed the character of the town, and replace
them with quality architecture which will enhance it. Stop any further destruction of our built
Modernise but keep the market town feel.
improve existing buildings to keep market town feel.
glass, concrete and weird shapes
less concrete blocks/roads more market town character
improve the shop appearances in traditional style
Rose Street should not be spoiled by modern housing, and it’s a conservation area
old and new architecture in proposals do not mix, so the old will be spoiled, and new look out of
aim to tidy up town now, keep traditional market town feel.
bring vision to reality without losing market town feeling
proposed buildings on Elms Field looks like Reading Prison
Knock down buildings on either side of the Bull & Bush
make use of what we have and maintain it
make sure architecture can withstand test of time, preserve for the future, keep market town
feel, and be ‘classy’
quality low rise buildings that do not overwhelm the community feel of the town
architecture to be in keeping with Rose Street and Market Square
restore market town feel with pedestrianisation.
recreate the historic look of Peach Street with small shops and visually independent buildings
keep the look of the old market town, but with modern services
present a respectful modern slant on town feel
knock down boarded up buildings, and build new ones in place
no glass or modern ‘monstrosities’ that would ruin the character of the town - too much
remove buildings opposite town hall
smarten up existing buildings, provide a heritage centre/museum
tidy up of Peach Street facade
maintain the old architecture and blend with the new
make the town more modern, improve 60’s buildings
redevelop Peach Street first
bring Wokingham up to date while maintaining it’s charm and uniqueness
Traffic & Parking
improve traffic situation
Improve traffic flow.
remove through traffic
improve the congestion
provide enough parking space in town centre
Traffic needs to be routed around the town, too much traffic passing through!
control heavy traffic
divert the through traffic
There has to be a solution to the traffic problems before any re-development.
Tidy up Rose Street car park area.
keep Rose Street car park.
remove traffic but increase cycle lanes
take lorries out of though routes - they cause large delays in the town already
multi story car park at Shute End is no good for elderly and disabled
sort out traffic properly taking full account of new out of town developments
encourage people into town centre - ensure easy parking
remove A329 from shopping area
traffic volume is worrying
build a pedestrian bridge/ flyover instead of level crossing - it would ease congestion
take out traffic or substantially reduce it
remove traffic from Peach Street
free flow of traffic
proper traffic management
parking places near methodist church
clear road markings
keep traffic away from denmark street
ease the traffic on Peach Street
Open Space/Elm’s Field
Do not loose open space at Elms Field - it is an irreplaceable asset
retain open and green spaces
more greenery areas
don’t build on green space
more sit down areas and ‘eateries’
more green/gardens/kid’s play areas
improve leisure facilities at Elms Field eg tennis courts, mini golf, music
no road through Elms Field, keep as much of it as possible
extend the amount of green space providing more trees and areas for outdoor activities,
especially for the elderly
The area needs family orientated spaces. Ideas from Bluewater shopping centre can be adopted
such as outdoor activities, cinema, etc. create outdoor terraces for restaurants and bars
improve town centre park - a nice park with modern equipment and a nice cafe.
retain or improve an open space environment for people to meet and relax.
Develop Elms Field
music in Elms Field
preserve green entrance from Finchampstead road
skatepark for young teens at Elms Field
public free tennis courts
abandon proposal, and keep green spaces with more trees
multi purpose open space for all to relax during the day/evening
maintain Elms Field which belongs to the people of Wokingham not the council
improve green spaces
plazas/courtyard style/outdoor entertainment will encourage people to visit
preserve existing mature trees
too many empty retail units - fill them before redeveloping
specialist shops providing a more diverse shopping experience not necessarily the same shops
found everywhere else, from hardware to leisure
no more supermarkets
upgrade appearance of shops.
focus on Peach Street, re-do existing shops, increase efforts to find tenants for empty retail units
no more cafes or restaurants
attract a department store instead of a supermarket
be different from Reading and Bracknell, no chain shops of superstores, cater for all ages -
remember there is an aging population
more and better quality retail.
reduce business rates or rents to encourage business
encourage independent retailers and local producers to keep market town feel
a good mix of restaurants/cafes
more entertainment, e.g. cinemas
provide low cost premises for independent small retailers.
Ensure that the re-development encourages more people to shop in Wokingham
Bring in the bigger stores to the area.
bring shopping areas together, not spread out, such as in the proposals
concentrate on Peach Street retail area - regenerate
market place should remain as heart of town
maintain existing retail area
no shopping centre
cheap leases and rent charges for small retailers
improve appearance of shops backing onto Rose Street car park
improve security after shopping hours
protect small shops who are not part of big franchises
make M&S a department store where the food store is in the proposals
bring in significant destination shops to make overall offering an effective place to shop
re design current market stalls to attract a wider variety of retailers
refurbish existing shops fronts and flats above
create a large shopping mall
create open spaced shopping
no more estate agents or banks
encourage private shops
improve pedestrian areas
pedestrian areas on Peach Street and Denmark Street
improve pedestrian access to shops in convivial atmosphere.
more pedestrian crossings and speed restrictions
The pedestrian access and movement of people around the town should be the priority.
Dangerous pedestrian situation at the narrowest part of Denmark Street.
attend to very bad paving in all main pathways, provide a good pathway along left side of Cricket
pedestrianise the high street from the ship to the tudor house surgery
make more pedestrian areas
improve circulation and access
install public toilet and disabled facilities
Listen to people of Wokingham
keep the Redan pub
keep the town centre as the focus of the town
Do not crowd or box in the methodist church
make it appeal to all ages
need more places for younger people
need more flats for children in care
more new housing
listen to what the residents of Wokingham actually want
too many new houses proposed
make the town centre wheelchair friendly
perhaps a bandstand?
add more cycle lanes
remove the level crossing at railway station
have a bridge over the railway line
health centre and surgery
The July 2011 Survey for the Regeneration of Wokingham Town Centre Comments 2
Q12 Do you have any other comments?
No need for another supermarket
a department store would be much more appropriate than a supermarket
there are enough coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants
encourage independent specialist retailers to encourage market town feel
too much retail space
needs better variety of shops
small units to pay much lower rent so they can survive and compete as individuals.
An area needs to be provided for all the deliveries currently made into businesses. More retail
outlets and businesses in town will mean more deliveries without adequate parking being made
available for this purpose. I currently run a retail business in 31-35 Denmark Street and the
disruption which will be caused by this development is of concern on several counts, the increase
in amount and size of traffic passing my shop, the increase in general noise level as building takes
place, and potentially the decline of business as the development is in progress, perhaps a
decrease in business rates will prove necessary?
The residents want shops that can’t be found in Reading or other big shopping areas, not chain
Make Wokingham individual from Reading and other nearby shopping areas. Allow the
Local Wokingham card to offer discounts
If the rents are too high, units will be vacant too long. There needs to be incentive to rent in
The food store will not be used
a larger M&S rather than a new supermarket at Elms Field
new shopping areas should connect better with existing shopping areas.
disappointed that the ‘mainstream food store’ will apparently attract people to town, since
there are already several large food stores.
would be better to concentrate on filling already empty shops
perhaps a farmers market every weekend rather than month?
food store should not back onto waterloo road
affordable retail outlets, Market areas to encourage local produce to be sold and available
mix of shops, independent retailers, different shops from places like Bracknell and Reading.
no big stores
the amount of retail and housing planned for `peach Place is far too dense and would spoil the
character of Wokingham
The design could be more in keeping with the character of the town.
The plans do not respect the historic and architectural heritage of Wokingham
Don’t try to create another Reading, keep the market town feel.
replace 60’s buildings along Peach Street to Rose Street with new buildings in keeping with the
market town feel
traditional architecture should be used on Peach Street Facade in keeping with market town
feel, more contemporary architecture should be used in area behind Peach Street and at Elms
housing proposed is far to dense for character of Wokingham, needs t retain it’s unique
consider new ground breaking architectural designs
the scheme is not in keeping with market town feel. architecture needs to maintain and enhance
traditional market town character
The design does not capture the essence of the present town centre - it feels too space age with
too much glass.
I don’t trust you to do the right thing by our market town.
the scheme could ruin Wokingham - bland metal frames, sheet glass and cement render.
keep traditional architecture, and apply to new areas
new station to be built in a similar architectural style as previous victorian style.
improve aspect of the ‘southern gateway’ to blend with existing building features of the town
retain heritage of the town e.g. Rose street (consider traffic possibilities), architecture should be
sympathetic with existing style - in particular Peach Place
no adequate provisions have been made for new retail
Bradbury Centre in Peach Place is a dominant feature with pleasant architecture, however, will
be obscured by proposed retail and leisure facilities. also, important fire door in Bradbury centre
will have limited space due to proximity of one of the retail units
visually prominent anchor retail and proposed hotel are not in keeping with this market town
new houses at Rose Street should be 2 story and in keeping with style of existing houses on
brick buildings should be retained to keep market town character,
ensure the building is appropriate and in market town character, no glass or metal, do not
include housing in peach street
The shop fronts of Peach Street down to Rose Street are not good - need re-design
all development should be max 2 stories high, keep in market town character
designs for Rose Street and Broad Street are too modern,
get rid of wall above Boots, knock down this area and rebuild with traditional buildings
proposals are too modern and will date very quickly
keep a mix of old and new buildings
use traditional building materials
modern elements don’t blend with existing buildings
Open Space/Elms Field
leave Elms Park alone- locations don’t have to be filled to be appreciated
No building on Elms Field
Elms Field should be kept green, and not reduced in size
Consider creating water feature at Elms Field.
more children’s play areas
Elms Field must be enhanced not reduced
leave plenty of green space and leave play area
no wide open spaces which serve no purpose
keep green spaces
do not reduce green space - not enough for festivals, or events
expressed dislike towards the urban park - Elms park should be kept, improved.
no road cutting through Elms Field
Elms Field is the ‘gateway’ from the south - a supermarket loading bay is not appealing.
a wider pavement linking Elms Field to the town hall area would unify the two spaces
roads and development on Elms Field will make it noisy and dangerous
totally opposed to the food store and hotel on Elms Field
disappointed at loss of green space in Elms Field and the cricket club which are valuable
unique design for open space- sculpture, landscaping, maze
elms field - needs something to attract people
retain lots of trees and bushes
don’t need a hotel on Elms Field
maintain current green space
If Elms Field is built on, there would be a lack of places for young adults to socialise.
Traffic & Parking
Sort the traffic issues
need more car parks
free parking during the week
leave car parks at the paddocks and Rose street, as they are needed
no multi story car park
supermarket and hotel will make traffic worse
Many will find walking from the gateway car parks difficult, especially older people. Where will
be the new disabled parking places?
more housing and flats will increase already gridlocked traffic
get rid of train level crossing - won’t cope with additional traffic
With a one way system in place in Wokingham, this will lead to heavy congested periods.
The town centre should not be destroyed by more cars
maybe close Denmark Street to traffic for outdoor events.
proposed road between Shute road and a listed wall is a possible rat run?
The width of Wellington Road needs to be doubled in order to take the current traffic. broad
pavements and cycle lanes should be added to both sides of the road.
If Shute End, Elms Field, and Rose Street car parks gone, where can people park? Not keen on
A main consideration should be the number of crossings that are used by pedestrians and the
points these are sited at. This has a significant impact on the traffic flow through the town itself.
car parking and congestion are not addressed by this scheme. Elms Road should be a through
road to ease congestion round the railway station.
roads need more space because of traffic
make roads smaller to get rid of traffic
control traffic through tow centre (20mph limit?), ban HGV’s during hours of 8AM - 7PM
no need for underground car park, scheme will cause more traffic chaos
give thought to how development will impact already inadequate road network
plans do not improve either the through routes or centre control system, plus additional control
over feed in roads that does away with the stop start motion through the actual centre is vital
publish traffic management strategy relative to the regeneration areas and adjacent areas.
build the new station under a road bridge
concerned about increase in housing and decrease in parking spaces
Ensure time is allocated for deliveries
multi-story car park at Shute End too far away from Centre
idea of a supermarket and hotel is ‘ludicrous’, these areas are already destined to become a
little consideration has been given to traffic which is already congested
Relocating Elms Road will not decrease congestion
the needs of The Bradbury Community Centre (labelled church on plans) are completely ignored.
over 60 non-church organisations use the centre, provision for parking is needed for disabled,
elderly, mothers and children.
traffic management is key to success of redevelopment, both traffic flow and parking, restricted
traffic in Denmark Street
Nothing has been done about traffic and congestion in Peach Street, which will inevitably
increase with the development
make proper plans for traffic - if traffic gets worse, no one will want to come - a bridge over the
railway next to bounty alley?
take into consideration extra traffic, and where it will go
reduced car parking for Peach Street area will make the shops in this area suffer - has
underground parking in Rose Street been investigated?
traffic in near by roads will need to be addressed specifically Langborough road
make station road one way traffic
access road from A329 into town will not cope with the volume of traffic being created by
road looks tight by council office and decked car park adjacent to may need to be reconfigured
development will cause much more traffic
Concerned about Shute end car park
extension of Elms Road coming out onto Shute End would be extremely hazardous,
development will increase congestion
need more car parks in centre of town, deliveries go behind shops not blocking Peach Street,
road planned to come out by Shute End is not good
clear up look of approach roads, signage
don’t do it now, save money and improve infrastructure
level crossing a big problem, will not be solved by a link road
traffic flow needs to be considered when redeveloping the station
if the supermarket and hotel stay, a through road through elms Field will be hazardous to the
elderly and children who use Elms Field, (consider traffic possibilities)
improve pedestrian crossings in the town
and build a new library with safe and sensible (flat) access for children, elderly and disabled and
opening onto the park. Use current library as hotel.
improve safe pedestrian links, improved transport, public toilet facilities, venue for culture and
arts, save redan pub,
pedestrianisation of Broad Street, Peach Street and Denmark Street
improve all pedestrian routes to all schools
pedestrian centre - centre needs to be by-passed
We do not need a hotel.
We need more public toilet facilities
We need provisions for arts and culture, museums, theaters, and entertainment, e.g. Cinemas
The Redan should be kept
The WBC must listen to what the residents want!
Peach Street should get priority for redevelopment
stop building new estates
lack of cost effective public transport - better bus service from Finchampstead to Wokingham,
from North Woodley to Wokingham, Wokingham to Spencers Wood
the morals of the developers are in doubt
no place for a hotel in centre - should be on outskirts
more places around the town centre to sit and relax
the proposals only think of short term, not long term well being of residents.
We need bungalows/ residential homes for the aging population.
Do we really need a ‘town square’, and will it compensate for the loss of the car park at Rose
we do not need more flats, but rather houses, as there are many existing flats that are empty.
When will the Town Regeneration start?
The tall hotel ruins the approach from the south as it will dominate that view. All deciduous
mature trees should be kept and and the hotel prevents this. currently the trees here are a
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The focus should be on Town Hall,
no support for scheme at all expressed
an attractive hotel needed in town centre (site of old council building?)
housing needs to be low rise 1 or 2 stories. bad when proposed houses back into existing
far to much going on, ignoring views of the residents
area behind telephone exchange needs improving,
not all key stakeholders have been consulted
More Council accommodation for people with families on low income
plenty of rubbish bins,
Need a medical centre
an area for youths to congregate at during evenings, more nightlife activities for young adults
too many new houses proposed
need more brick and period features integrated into the design, much of the design looks like
Bracknell which is currently scheduled for demolition.
plans should concentrate on Peach Street and Milwards side of the Market place. majority of
people wish for this,
complete opposition expressed towards regeneration, no adequate provisions have been made
during the recession, is it really wise to be spending this much?
the location of the new retail/leisure centre obscures the Bradbury Centre - the open space of
the plaza would be better suited to the site if the new retail/leisure centre
Council has problem with maintenance of public buildings and areas
if supermarket goes ahead, loading bays and deliveries should be well screened from Wellington
The open space in Peach Place needs to be bigger if possible
hotel as gateway, needs to look visually appealing
water feature is not pretty, a simple fountain would do?
now is a bad time to develop town - start with Rose Street area and see what happens
back of food store and servicing fronts onto road and is a gateway entrance - need to resolve
this, could swimming/ bowling be incorporated into the scheme rather than being cut off by the
confine project to refurbishment of Peach street/ Market Square only,
space for performing arts and entertainment, more affordable housing for key workers with
improve layout of railway station
no 3 story housing
development and regeneration is unnecessary and will ruin Wokingham
a well designed central recreational space could support a range of markets, festivals and
commitment to complete Peach place is vital
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The July 2011 Survey for the Regeneration of Wokingham Town Centre
Don't Know 28
Only if it doesn’t destroy the
Why? market town feel
Yes, but not to the extent
Q1 Do you support the concept currently proposed
of Town Centre regeneration? Not as proposed 8
Waste of money, could be spent
on something better 3
Scheme is being forcibly
Only if proposals reflect the
views of the residents
Don't Know 80
The design destroys market
Why? town feel
There are existing pleasant
retail areas which need
maintaining, not building more
There is no need for another
It will look like another
There is no need for a hotel 2
Q2 Do you think that the The new retail parks are on
proposals will create pleasant 2
open spaces, which is bad
new retail areas? There is a lack of access 1
Now is the time of cut backs 1
The reduction of green space is
The proposals are too big of an
extent, loss of open areas, car 1
There is a lack of parking 1
Elms Field look is poor, retail
anchor looks ‘hideous’ - clashes
with other buildings, no glass
The old buildings should be
preserved (The Redan), Elms 1
Field should be left green
More than 3
times per 221
Q3 How often do you shop in week
Wokingham Town Centre? Once a week 166
Less than once
More diverse 114
Other public toilet facilities 16
music stores 9
a mix of independent shops 8
entertainment, attraction for
game shop, technology/ IT retail
department store 4
children’s, clothing, equipment
free easy parking 3
diverse range of
up-market clothes shops, public
toilet facilities 1
Q4 What is presently lacking in
Wokingham Town Centre? museum 1
cheap meeting rooms for U3A
and other organisations
pleasant environment 1
culture & arts, more diverse
charity shops 1
low cost premises for small
distinctive features such as
too many empty shops 1
community building for
exhibitions, educational 1
council housing 1
book shop 1
sport shops 1
proper shopping area 1
health centre 1
pedestrian areas and crossings
High Street 131
Other (specialist shops) etc
department store 6
better mix of bars and
restaurants like Nando’s
we have enough 3
Q6 What type of retail would arts and crafts shops 2
you like to see within the new No seasonal shops e.g
locally owned small shops 1
sport shops 1
music stores 1
larger M&S 1
mix of cultural stores 1
make the market a much bigger
local traders 1
Mainly 1-2 bed
Q7 What type of housing would Mainly 2-3 bed 168
you like to see within the town
centre? Mainly larger 53
Other no new houses 44
no housing at Elms Field 1
Several times 83
Once a week 111
Once or twice
Less than once
a month 70
Other to leave open space and Elms
toilet facilities 6
sports pitch 3
a cafe near the park 3
Q8 How often do you use the maintenance of existing
existing open space in the town buildings
centre? wildlife habitats 2
less traffic noise 1
reduction of hedgerow adjacent
to wellington road and leave it
untouched - no further building.
outside cafe 1
in the plans, the water feature
could be the cause of accidents
and water wastage.
youth clubs 1
more pedestrian only areas 1
less development 1
skate park 1
flower beds 1
Q10 The suggested architecture Don't Know 43
of the new scheme is a blend of not in keeping with the market
traditional, in the use of the Why? town feel
materials, and modern, in the modern areas do not blend 33
architectural detail. Do you keep Rose Street type
think this is appropriate? architecture
maintenance of existing
buildings, not new
Q11 How do you usually travel
Letters Regarding the Regeneration Program For Wokingham Town Centre
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3
They run the May Fayre, which The purpose of the May Fayre is They are concerned that the plan
last year raised £25,000 to be to draw people and buisnesses would not allow sufficient space
spent for the benefit of the into the town centre. for the event to take place in the
local community. town centre.
The new ‘Public Square’ does The commercial development of The Bradbury Centre is
not embrace the Bradbury Rose street side of the square established as a landmark building
Centre to be a focal point - The blocks the line of sight between in the town centre. This version
square is offset and oblique to Bush Walk and the entrance to shows a building close to the
the main entrance. Bradbury Centre as agreed with south of the Bradbury Centre,
the Wokingham District Council. which will encroach on light and
The traffic flow from Rose Street windows, and detract from the
into Peach Place in front of the setting of the building contrary to
Bradbury Centre - it is essential the established planning policy
that this is designed to minimise previously agreed with the
conflict between pedestrains, Wokingham District Council.
some with limited mobility, and
traffic. It is also required to have
adequate space adjacent to the
carriageway to prevent damage
The amount of housing The reduced amount of greem How will the Station Link Road
proposed is unacceptable - how space at Elms Field is also proposal improve the situation
will the housing increase affect unacceptable - if the town grows regarding the Railway Level
the already stretched traffic by 25+%, surely more green Crossing? The development of
situation? space should be provided? Also The Cricket Club will reduce the
a ‘resounding’ no to the amount of Community Parking.
proposed inclusion of a What alternative parking is being
supermarket at Elms Field. proposed?
A town centre manager should The integration of the existing The paths from Elms Field to
be appointed now to help town retail centre with the new Elms Denmark Street and to Wellington
centre through current difficult Field site would be enhanced by Road require improvement and
trading conditions, and should the closure of Denmark Street to upgrading.
encourage existing traders to traffic during the weekend
adapt to new trading patterns. trading hours. Also, activities at
Elms Field should be limited in
favour of activities around the
It would be better to reduce the The Elms Field development Concerned about the morals and
project to independent should take into account the objectives of the developers via
components in manageable effects of the changes around the creation of Wokingham
stages that can be modified in the station, especially traffic Enterprises Limited.
light of experience - complete flows.
Peach Place and review the
effects before making changes
to Elms Field.
Feels, that the supermarket To encourage more people to
proposed would be enter the current Market area,
unnecessary. It would not be local producers should be
possible to encourage new, encouraged to bring their
small buisnesses in the town produce to the Market.
centre, when a supermarket in
close proximity would pose as
Displeasure at inadequate
publicity for exhibition for the
regeneration of Wokingham
Concern for the removal of long
term parking with the
redevelopment of The
Paddocks and Rose Street car
parks - restriction of parking
would affect both retail and
commercial buildings alike.
More provision to enable al The atmosphere of a ‘village
fresco drinking and dining - green’ would be degraded by a
most ideal location for such supermarket.
venues being the east side of
There is no need for a The traffic plans, along with the
supermarket - how would other proposed extra 190 homes, will
retailers be encouraged into the only make the traffic worse.
Concern for the increase in
traffic generated from the
A mini-roundabout should be There needs to be a pedestrian Denmark Road between
introduced at the end of crossing on Wellington Road. Langborough Road and
Wellington Road. Wellington Road needs to be
widened in preparation for the
increase in traffic.
More traffic measures need to
be taken in response to the
increase in traffic, and growth
of the town.
The proposals do not follow Objected to the loss of amenity INFORMATION REMOVED DUE TO
the Wokingham Town Centre space - the 3 to 4 storey DATA PROTECTION
Masterplan Supplementary proposed town houses have
Planning Guidance adopted moved 16m closer than the 30 m
previously. indicated on the adopted
masterplan (in relation to 9
Wellington Road needs to be Traffic planning needs to Further consultations of parking
wider, otherwise the road will condsider one way road stratergies - clarification for
be unappealing, and the systems, closure of roads, free parking proposals at Peach Place,
pedestrian access from the flow at all junctions, removal of easily accessible parking should be
town centre will be dangerous. parking in third lanes to assist provided at all town gateways and
traffic flow, ‘must turn’ lanes low cost residential permits
and islands, and removal of should be introduced
The department store at Elms The architecture needs to The area of the southern gateway
Field - the preferred retail mix is represent the traditional market needs redesigning - consider
60% of space given to non-food town feel that the residents relocating the hotel, car park
items. Concern expressed over expect. Public toilet facilities access, and HGV movements. a
the removal of the focus of must be provided - residents logical location for the hotel is
retail away from the area consider the current provision of close to the station. Would a joint
around the market. facilities inadequate. venture with Cantley Lodge meet
the towns needs more accurately,
and also preserve the south
gateway’s green aspect?
Residents need a simple The footfall needs measuring Could the location of the Fire
statement specifying the now and during the Station on the possible southern
precise amount of green space development in Wokingham and inner distribution road be cause
remaining after the other towns to measure the for regret later? The Core Strategy
developments. Public areas that increase in the market share. The Inspector states ‘The existing level
can be converted for use of estimates of the development crossing by the station is an
open air stages, and improved costs need to be published. acknowledged constraint.’ Could a
pedestrian access to the What is the maximum cash south western relief road along
Howard Palmer Gardens. demands from the Wokingham Smith’s Walk be considered?
Borough Council, and when? Restrict access times of the HGV,s
in the future?
Expressed displeasure with the Would renewing Peach Place The public do not want a
publicity of the exhibition. and carefully redeveloping foodstore or a hotel at Elms Field,
Peach Street and Denmark as there is no demand, and they
Street be a more judicious choice would not fulfill the brief of an
than removing the open space ‘attractive Southern Gateway’ that
enjoyed by the local community? the Council aims for. The shop
front must conform to the market
Tell the local community how The housing proposal at Elms Public concern at the possibility of
failure as well as success would Field is disproportionate to the the new Elms Field Road posing
be managed. balance of space allocation, at danger to the pedestrians,
the expense of open areas especially those in nearby
Try to retain as much open The lack of parking sites is
space as possible - apply the disproportionate to the large
Government’s Planning Policy growth of housing and the
Guidance Note 17 to Elms Field. intention that the regeneration
will increase the number of
people using the town.
Post-It Notes on the Regeneration of Wokingham Town Centre
Keep traditional market town feel - no modern buildings.
No need for another supermarket.
Keep Elms Field green - no building on Elms Field.
Improve the traffic and parking situation.
No more chain shops and food stores- more individual shops and businesses.
More facilities for children.
More open spaces.
Save the redan pub.
Make Wokingham different from Reading and Bracknell.
More public toilet facilities.
Modern health care GP building essential.
Take this opportunity to remove the concrete building above the shops opposite the town hall.
keep trees on Elms Field Park.
No more housing.
Green space in the middle of the town for all to use.
M&S move to new supermarket location to provide a decent sized department store ad a high
Facilities for 16-25 year olds- not pubs!
Parking and changing facilities for disabled?
Music venue, theatre, leisure facilities.
No more coffee shops.
More bed linen shops.
Get rid of large lorries and constant traffic.
Resident parking in Milton Road.
Bus lanes to rail station.
Elms Field green space lacks colour and interest. Rose Street corner build is worse than the
original brick building.
Be careful of over-development.
Keep Hatch School.
Improve the high street.
Need a proper car park at Rose Street - Waitrose and M&S car parks are both private and should
not be claimed as general car parks.
Pedestrian entrance at the centre of town.
A water park.
CCTV in the green area fir safety.
Night clubs for 30-40 year olds.
John Lewis preferable as anchor rather than supermarket.
Move the train station.
Fire station = unattractive.
Another supermarket is good.
Low rise traditional housing.
The Bradbury Centre appears to be completely obscured by 2 storey buildings. Where is the open
space directly in front of the entrance which is where we where assured would remain last year?