Plans for new town square in Kirkby are unveiled

Kirkby public consultation on new open space in Town centre.'Councillors Cheryl Butler, John Knight, Don Davis, Warren Nuttall and Andrew Davidson at the meeting held at the Trininty Methodist Church on Monday night.
Kirkby public consultation on new open space in Town centre.'Councillors Cheryl Butler, John Knight, Don Davis, Warren Nuttall and Andrew Davidson at the meeting held at the Trininty Methodist Church on Monday night.

PLANS to regenerate Kirkby by creating an open space went on display to members of the public at the town’s Community CentrePoint last Monday.

Ashfield District Council’s landscape team has drawn up plans for the town square following a student design competition which was held last year.

Council chiefs say that the new square will be a focal point for events and community activities - and will incorporate the artworks of pupils.

The statue of Nuncargate cricketer Harold Larwood will be moved near to the library, while a new statue of the area’s other cricketing hero, William Voce, from Annesley Woodhouse, is set to be included in the scheme.

The current fixed market stalls would also be replaced with temporary stalls which can be located in different areas to provide flexibility.

A council spokesman said: “The scheme will contribute to the council’s priority of improving Kirkby town centre, making it a more attractive destination for shoppers, helping to attract more businesses and boosting trade for existing businesses.

“The scheme will build on the success of recent developments in Kirkby town centre, including the Morrisons supermarket and the new Wetherspoons pub, the Regent which opened in February.”

Ashfield district council leader John Knight said: “These are exciting times for Kirkby, the regeneration of which has always been our number one priority. I can promise residents that when this scheme is fully finished, Kirkby will be a vibrant, prosperous town open to many exciting retail, business and leisure opportunities.”

- What do you think of the plans? We’re doing a follow-up story and we’d love to know what you think. Email Ashfield Chad reporter Catherine Allen at catherine.allen@chad.co.uk or call 01623 450302.