Residents asked for ideas at Coronation Square
SHOPPERS and residents in Hester's Way are being asked for their views on Coronation Square.
Andy Hayes, manager of Hester's Way Partnership, has been asked by Cheltenham Borough Council to find out what people would like to see at the shopping centre if a complete overhaul is not an option. The centre is on the market.
He said: "We have for many years realised the best thing for Coronation Square would be a complete redevelopment. We can only hope that the new owners would like to take that option. If they don't want to develop, we are still interested in communicating the needs of the community."
Ideas already put forward have included renting properties out, improving the look of shop fronts and improving CCTV cover.
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Borough councillor Peter Jeffries (LD, Springbank) said Liberal Democrat councillors were calling for the site to be redeveloped.
He added: " Quite a few of the major services have left, like banks and a post office. There seem to be a lot of empty units.Whoever owns it, the community deserves some investment."
A new investor is being sought to take over the site.
Earlier this month, property investment management firm, CBRE Global Investors, confirmed the lease was owned by one of its clients. The previous owners of the lease, who bought it in 2007, once talked about developing the area, but have now decided to sell up.
Plans once included a £10 million renovation, backed by Tesco, which would have brought new shops and cafes.
But the developers behind it said the new Asda in Up Hatherley torpedoed the scheme.
David Roberts, head of property and asset management at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "We have been liaising with Hester's Way Partnership to ensure local residents are kept informed of any developments to Coronation Square.
"If the site remains in the current owner's possession, we will continue to work in partnership to drive improvements in the area."