Farmers market and festivals for Coronation Square, Hester's Way
STREET festivals, wildlife areas, art projects and a farmer's market are some of the suggestions put forward for improvements to a rundown shopping centre.
A survey of people and organisations in Hester's Way has drawn up a long list of ideas to help the struggling Coronation Square, where 17 of the 36 units are currently empty.
Cheltenham Borough Council asked the Hester's Way Partnership, a charity set up to spearhead improving the area, to carry out the survey.
The findings will be presented by authority to the company which buys the privately owned lease for the shopping centre, which is currently up for sale.
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Hester's Way Partnership manager Andy Hayes said: "Many people think we should knock down Coronation Square and start again.
"But it may be that whoever buys the lease can't afford to or doesn't want to do that, so we thought it would be a good idea to put forward ideas for what local people want to see happen if it's not knocked down."
Among the ideas in the survey are suggestions by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Gloucestershire police, volunteers group People and Places in Gloucestershire and St Aidan's and St Silas church.
The Wildlife Trust commented: "It would be good if any changes to the area could include some sustainable planting, not only for wildlife but to help soften the area and make it more attractive for people.
"This is maybe something the local schools could help with."
Hester's Way's police team suggested a pop-up restaurant or coffee shop selling locally sourced products, a monthly farmers market, a health centre, education centre and community arts project.
People and Places in Gloucestershire recommended using "empty shops as meantime spaces with guardian tenants who don't pay rent but open shops on a short term basis".
The group said this could include pop up shops, indoor markets, community arts projects, mini festivals and interactive street art and music.
Nearby church St Aidan's and St Silas suggested introducing a post office with an ATM machine, stationers, pet shop, launderette, hardware store, greengrocer, and coffee shop.
Property investment manager CBRE Global Investors recently confirmed the lease was owned by one of its clients, which bought it in 2007.
Plans for Coronation Square once included a £10 million transformation with a Tesco store and other shops and cafes, but the development was dropped after an Asda opened in Up Hatherley.