In a move for Colchester’s urban landscape, detailed plans for the future of a pivotal gateway have been revealed, impacting St Botolph’s Circus. The £11.8 million proposals, promise a significant transformation to enhance both functionality and aesthetics.
The vision emerged following a consultation involving over 2,000 local residents. Partnering with Colchester City Council, the engagement focused on the broader Colchester City Centre Masterplan, with a dedicated segment for the St Botolph’s development.
Of the 2,000 respondents, more than 530 individuals actively shared their perspectives on the proposed changes.
Responding to feedback from the community, the design underwent substantial adjustments. Notable among these changes is a more compact roundabout layout, designed to optimise traffic flow.
The revised plans continue to prioritise the regeneration of the area, emphasising improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure alongside enhanced accessibility.
Councillor David King, Leader of Colchester City Council, expressed gratitude to the engaged community, stating, “Both Councils, as Team Colchester, are doing all we can to consult and listen, to welcome support and challenge from any, like us, who care deeply about their city. We thank the thousands of constituents who have shared their views.”
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Leader of Essex County Council, highlighted the collaborative efforts, stating, “The redevelopment of St Botolph’s Circus will revolutionise connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, allowing them to seamlessly coexist.”
Beyond St Botolph’s Circus, this redevelopment serves as the catalyst for broader regeneration initiatives. Plans include the establishment of a future bus interchange and the creation of a new heritage walking route from St Botolph’s Circus through St Botolph’s Priory to Colchester Castle.
The redevelopment aims to optimise existing transportation links, complementing the wider rejuvenation of the city centre.
Financial support for these transformative projects is robust, with contributions totalling £19.6 million from Levelling Up, £2.5 million from Section 106, and £19.2 million from the Town Deal.
This funding will play a role in revitalising key areas, such as Saint Nicholas Square and Balkerne Gate, improving cycling infrastructure, fostering a new digital hub, and repurposing heritage assets for public use.
The unveiled plans mark a significant step forward in Colchester’s urban evolution, promising a dynamic blend of modernity and historical preservation.
As the community eagerly anticipates these transformative changes, the project aligns with a shared vision for a vibrant and interconnected cityscape.
Read more here https://www.essex.gov.uk/news/2023/ps118m-redevelopment-st-botolphs-circus-colchester-unveiled
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