Business leaders have offered their backing to a major project to catapult Nuneaton town centre into the future.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s North Branch was given a brief overview of the Transforming Nuneaton plan at its latest committee meeting at the headquarters of Subcon Laser.
The meeting saw early concepts for the how the town centre could be reinvented to make better use of its green spaces and heritage and offer a more welcoming approach into the town via the ring road.
They heard from architects and masterplanners IDP and John McGuigan, who is meeting with key stakeholders in the region to get buy-in for the project to create a sustainable town centre in terms of retail, residential, business, health, transport and open space.
The event was attended by a range of businesses from across the area including manufacturers, professional services and retailers as well as representatives from Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council.
Marcus Jones, the MP for Nuneaton, also attended to hear from companies from across the region.
Tom Mongan, who recently took over as chair of the Chamber’s North Branch, said: “It was a great meeting and showed that there is plenty to be positive about in this part of the region.
“I was pleased to see such a good cross section of businesses in the room and, also, our MP and representatives from the Borough and County Councils.
“The Transforming Nuneaton plans are at a very early stage but everyone in the room was excited by the concepts that we saw and, above that, the approach that is being taken.
“The idea is that this is not a quick fix but a long term plan for the town centre that delivers everything a modern town centre will need and that all parties are on board before the plan goes through its next phase of development.
“The Chamber of Commerce will represent the views of business as the plans move forward because it’s vital that we have a town centre that can act as the focal point for the whole borough and offers the kind of hub for business and services that we all want to see.”