Civic award for Salisbury Market Place improvements
At every stage of the process, we took on board ideas to improve the scheme, and I'm delighted with how the Market Place and re-furbished New Canal now lookPhilip Whitehead
The project which saw major improvements to Salisbury Market Place has been given a Salisbury Civic Society Conservation Award, which will be presented at a special ceremony this week (12 January).
Wiltshire Council asked for local people to provide their input into revamping this important area in the city and the improvements were developed in consultation with a Market Place working group, shaped by more than 1,500 responses to the proposals.
It was completely pedestrianised making it a large open space which is used for events to draw people to the city all the year round and is enjoyed by local visitors and those from across the globe.
Local people and business owners also helped develop the type of lighting and seating they wanted to see featured.
Cabinet member for highways, Philip Whitehead, said: "We worked very hard with local people to come up with a design that fitted with their aspirations. At every stage of the process, we took on board ideas to improve the scheme, and I'm delighted with how the Market Place and re-furbished New Canal now look."
The society's report on the scheme stated the decision to remove all parking "was applauded as a brave one which had taken some courage, but which had enabled the type of thorough-going which the space had desperately needed." It added the work had restored "Salisbury's major secular space to its rightful status within the public realm."
The Market Place and Guildhall Square were repaved with high quality natural stone in colours in keeping with the surroundings. Disabled parking bays were relocated adjacent to the square in the New Canal.
The new seating areas allow people to admire the historic buildings, and the Market Square is lined with trees.
The drainage and lighting was improved, and a new disabled toilet installed. Electrical housings are in place across the square for the twice weekly market and other events, including the Charter Fair. Historic footway 66 is marked either side by up-lighters to light the way after sunset.