The Committee received a presentation on the Buxton High Streets Heritage
Action Zone Programme which covered the following topics:-
· Cultural Programme
· Pilot Project: Capturing a Moment
· Next Steps: Cultural Programme
It was noted that the White Lion pub and the Grove Hotel were priority buildings within the Action Zone and also the damaged urn which was normally situated at the bottom of the Slopes.
Funding had been received from Historic England for the design of the public realm areas which incorporated 3 key areas;- The Gateway, Spring Square and Garden Square. Historic England had agreed with this approach in principal but wished to see more linkage with the High Street.
The Council had tendered to appoint a consultancy firm to manage the design and delivery of the public realm project. It was planned for the contract to be awarded by 13th August 2021, followed by community engagement on the designs until Jan 2022. The ambition was for works to commence at The Gateway (bottom of Terrace Road) by the end of this financial year.
A plan of action for the delivery of priority projects had been produced and would be considered by the Steering Group at its next meeting.
Joanne Williams, Development Director at Buxton International Festival, explained that £100K had been received from Historic England over 3 years to present a programme to celebrate the cultural heritage of Spring Gardens. A number of Cultural Consortia members were involved in the project, along with schools, U3A and the Museum.
A Capturing a Moment event was planned which included a projection on to the M&S building in October this year, a portable graffiti wall and a series of portraits to create a gallery.
Due to some sound issues during the presentation, a briefing note on the cultural aspect of the High Street Heritage Action Zone would be circulated after the meeting.
A member commented on the enthusiasm for the project on social media and that there were many memories that could be incorporated. Previous difficulties experienced to utilise the empty units in Springs Shopping Centre with pop-up stalls were shared with the Committee.
There was concern around a lack of member involvement in the specification for the contract of the design works at The Gateway (Terrace Road) and it was queried when this Committee would have the opportunity to scrutinise the proposals of the public realm area. In response, Sarah Porru advised that Historic England had offered funding for the design of the layout of this area and that it was important for the public to see that the transformation had begun. Details of the procurement of this contract were available on the Council’s website and the tender specification would be shared with members.
Discussion took place around presentations being available prior to meetings and the feasibility of them being accessed via the Modern Gov system.
1) That the presentation be noted;
2) For the presentation, Cultural Briefing Note and tender specification to be circulated to members.