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Plans to revamp the street scene

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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EXCITING plans to ‘re-energise’ part of Ashbourne look set to get under way, with the town’s new library at the centre of a series of forthcoming developments.

Derbyshire County Council wants to transform Civic Square, while Derbyshire Dales District Council is weighing up how to spend a £144,000 windfall following the planned extension of Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The completion of the new library and information centre, which is due shortly after Shrovetide, is hoped to provide a springboard for the plans and council bosses say it is ‘great news’ for Ashbourne.

Commenting on the proposed alterations to Civic Square, which runs between Waitrose and the new library, Derbyshire County Council leader Andrew Lewer said: “I think that when people see the new streetscape, plus this new building and the landscaping in Civic Square, the whole area will take on a completely new appearance.

It’s a development which will attract people to this part of Ashbourne and it will help to re-energise the part of the town on the south of the River Henmore.” The two authorities are still working together to move a plan forward which could see part of Compton pedestrianised, with ‘herring-bone’ parking, and a pioneering ‘shared space’ concept on the wish list.

However Derbyshire Dales District Council insists the money it has procured from the Sainsbury’s extention will be spent on ‘signage’ and ‘linkage’ and that it can not be channelled into any other scheme.

A spokesman said: “The district council has of course discussed in some detail with Derbyshire County Council the wider redevelopment programme they have in mind for Ashbourne.

“However we should stress that the concept of shared space in Compton and Dig Street extends way beyond the £144,000 we have secured from Sainsbury’s as their contribution to improving pedestrian links and signage between the new store and the town centre.

“We’re happy for the £144,000 to feed into the county council’s bigger scheme, but it is our responsibility to ensure that the money is used only for the purposes for which it was negotiated and secured through a legal agreement.” Under section 106 of the town and country planning act, council planners are entitled to negotiate funding from a developer to benefit the surrounding community.

The £144,000 Derbyshire Dales District Council planners have secured from the forthcoming Sainsbury’s extension, which is still subject to a final legal agreement, will be spent on improving pedestrian access and signs to and from the store.

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  January 23 2013, 7:29PM

    I think it is a good idea & move in the right direction to improve businesses in ashbourne, but my concern is the big sainsburys lorrys which often mount the pavement or block of the road when entering & leaving the site it is a poor exit & is dangerous, could this be improved also, regards Bill

  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  November 01 2012, 11:52AM

    Conservatism is not co-extensive with capitalism Bob and only appreas that way from standing against the doctrinal collectivism of the Socialist Party. If you want a vision of what Conservatism is think of a well ordered garden, if you want an image of Capitalism think of a terrifying wilderness in which the biggest beasts prowl the anarchic void. (Socialism would be a depressing agri business with mile upon mile of identical food units which would then die of an unforeseen disease)As always Conservatives look for a balance emphasising retaining the value of what has gone before , the way Supermarkets have been able to compete unfairly with local shops and the way the Labour Party have encouraged that by removing the need test and not looking rigorously for uncompetitive practice like land hoarding has destroyed the high Streets and communal; areas where the very soul of Conservatism lives and breathes.I confess to finding some of the Fogeyish enthusiasms of the Zac brigade slightly amusing but it is a component of the Party which is close to its heart. The millions of all classes that go to see our great houses and sacred Churches testify that there is more to life than money for us all its all about balance , humanity and rejecting the assumption that new equals better.You have never had the slightest idea what Conservatism is all about , I would recommend reading ? After Blair? surprisingly good philosophical history .

  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  October 31 2012, 3:13PM

    How exactly does 'signage and linkage' help the town in general? The 'windfall'seems designed to advantage Sainsbury's but little else. What have Sainsbury's done apart from promote itself?

  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  October 31 2012, 7:45AM

    Shared Space KILLS!! FACT!! You do NOT want it in Ashbourne. Act now or it will be on you in no time.

  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  October 11 2012, 12:53AM

    Surely a new bus station should be at the top of the priorities list? The current one is a shambles and lets the town down!

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