In the current economic climate, it is not common for local councils to receive financial backing and funding. However, this is the case in St Neots, and residents have been discussing what to do with £11m worth of funding.
An online survey has been created for locals to share their thoughts on how this money should be utilised in the local area.
What are your thoughts on The Old Falcon?
Initial findings suggest many people are keen to develop and then sell The Old Falcon, which is located on Market Square. An initial review of the survey found that this measure received 84.5% of the vote.
There has also been support in pedestrianising and then redeveloping Market Square itself.
Councillor Stephen Ferguson, the Mayor of St Neots, said: “It's fantastic news for the town, with the potential to boost our struggling High Street, bring our landmark buildings back into use, welcome new businesses and enrich the cultural and community offerings in the town centre. The money comes from a mixture of central government (via the Future High Streets Fund), the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (part of the St Neots Masterplan for Growth funding, as previously announced) and HDC's CIL contributions (which it receives from housing developers).”
What improvements do you wish to see in St Neots?
Cllr Ferguson also said; “I can understand the Old Falcon being at the top of the list to refurbish, as it's been a bit of an eye-sore in the town for a long time. It would cost about one million pounds to renovate and the idea would be to bring it back into use, which I think the town supports.”
The full list of options for residents to consider is as follows:
Widen the footpath on the bridge at the town centre to allow more room for pedestrians.
Make the high street more attractive and easier to navigate for pedestrians.
Permanently pedestrianise the market square, make it more attractive with trees and seating, and better equipped for a range of uses
Buy the Old Falcon Hotel, refurbish it and sell (or lease) it to a commercial operator.
Create a waterfront walkway from the Priory Centre to the Old Falcon.
Redesign the Priory Centre as a high-quality arts venue and community centre, complete with a proper theatre/music venue and waterfront restaurant and bar.
Convert the Priory Centre and Tan Yard car parks into offices and flats (more people living in the town centre supports the local economy).
Relocate the rowing club buildings to build offices and flats (more people living in the town centre supports the local economy).
Convert St Anselm Place (the green area next to the rowing club) into offices and flats (more people living in the town centre supports the local economy).
“At Thomas Morris, we are proud to serve the St Neots community, and this includes ensuring people are up to date on local matters”, said Thomas Morris St Neots Branch Manager Andrea Delaney. “If you want to have your say on proposed changes for the local area, there is a lot for you to consider right now. If you need any assistance in the local property market, please get in touch.”
If you are looking for help with any matter of the property or lettings market, it is best to speak to property professionals. You can book a sales or rental valuation appointment directly on line at a time and date of your choice by clicking here or alternatively or you can phone our St Neots branch on 01480 403020.