The Working Group has considered a range of possibilities that together could significantly improve the whole riverside area, make it more attractive to visitors and retain and develop its ambience.
The riverside area is distinguished by its mixture of river views, ancient lanes, 18th and 19th Century houses, pubs, specialist shops, working boatyards, rowing boats, canoes, anglers and tripper boats. It has long been a magnet for visitors. However, there is a need to update, refresh and renew.
The following proposals provide a theme for the development on the pool site and will help integrate the new components of the scheme with the established parts of the riverside area. They are consistent with the Councils Unitary Development Plan, particularly the T1 proposal. It is reasonable to consider the working groups suggestions as part of the public asset. They are relatively low cost, so their funding requires less commercial development on the site, thus permitting greater amounts of open space for public use.
The proposals look at:
1. Increased river usage via a pontoon
2. A piazza, market square and water feature
3. The Eel Pie Centre (working name)
4. The Embankment
5. The commercial development