Wednesday, October 15, 2008

News: Rotherham people saw it and are starting to believe it!


The team behind the ambitious town centre redevelopment programme, Rotherham Renaissance, displayed an architect’s solid 3D scale model of the town in the Spiegeltent in All Saints’ Square last week – an event that kick-started a series of Rotherham Renaissance Roadshows. Yorkshire Forward and Rotherham Borough Council launched the Renaissance programme in 2001. With its emphasis on partnership, Rotherham Renaissance has involved various partners, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotherham College, SYPTE and the PCT. More importantly, through the Rotherham Town Team, it has been Rotherham people, like Terence and Pauline Barker, who have driven plans that will dramatically change the town for generations to come. The programme has seen massive progress in the past year alone, and many of Rotherham’s workers and residents saw town centre developments under way, including the restoration of the Grade II listed Imperial Buildings, the new award-winning Old Market development, Keppel Wharf and the NHS’s new £12m drop-in centre. Plans for the redevelopment of the Central Railway Station and new Rotherham College of Arts and Technology building have also been submitted this year. The model is on display in the Central Library, on the second floor, for those who missed the All Saints’ event, but the Renaissance team, including strategic director of Environment & Development Services Karl Battersby, director of Planning & Regeneration Paul Woodcock and town centre manager Julie Roberts, will be out on the road in the coming months to meet the people, hear their views and answer questions on Rotherham’s Renaissance.
Rotherham Renaissance website


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