The Central 6 Masterplan project aimed to develop a long-term masterplan for the whole of Warrington’s central area, fully informed and led by the community and residents’ experiences and ideas about what would improve the area and the opportunities for those who live there.
The main stages of engagement were:
- Community launch workshop session Oct 2018
- Phase one engagement (what are the issues, what are the priorities, what would be your big idea for the neighbourhood?) Nov-Dec 2018
- Phase two engagement (feedback loop – this is what you said, is it right, is anything missing, can you help prioritise the ideas and develop them into project proposals)
- Test and Review workshop for all stakeholders (emerging formed project ideas presented and debated with community and agencies, again feeding back and testing what had been said at previous stages)
- Phase three engagement (reminder of the process and how the proposed projects had been developed, testing out community approval for the proposals, aiming to have conversations about buy-in and pledges of support)
In total, events were held at over 30 locations and over 2,500 residents engaged with the process and fed their ideas in to the plan.
From the process, some of the key priority areas for the community related to:
- Transport and movement (traffic, rat running, public transport concerns, congestion, air quality, strong desire for increased walking and cycling opportunities in a cleaner, greener, safer environment).
- Quality of environment – a baseline requirement which all other improvements need to prioritise. Living areas that are cleaner, greener and feel safe for people to go out in and use.
- Community connectedness – desire for more community mixers and ways to foster community spirit within communities.
- Opportunities for young people – to both access opportunities, participate in positive activities and contribute to the area in ways that matter to them.
The final masterplan document sets out a series of projects grouped into eight themes. The themes are:
- Inclusive, safer, greener streets
- Active waterside
- Well connected, affordable movement
- People-friendly parks and public spaces
- Local community hubs and facilities
- Community empowerment and action
- Inclusive neighbourhoods and housing
- Inclusive economy