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Promising response to Wick street design events

By Jean Gunn

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Members of the public sharing their opinions with the Sustrans team during a consultation event in October.
Members of the public sharing their opinions with the Sustrans team during a consultation event in October.

THIS week's "street design festival" in Wick looks set to be a success with a promising response so far from members of the public.

Sustrans Scotland street design project leader Kasia Koziel said: “Interest in the Wick Street Design Festival has been very high. As it is part of the wider town centre regeneration, it is important that people have their say.

"It’s really encouraging to see so many Wick residents and businesses keen to take part and engage with the changes happening to their town.

“We look forward to speaking with people on Wednesday and Thursday to find out more about how they feel Wick can be transformed into a town which is safer and more attractive to walk and cycle through.”

The festival – the latest stage in the town centre regeneration plans – will consist of drop-in sessions at the Wick Heritage Museum on Wednesday and the Assembly Rooms on Thursday.

A living library will be set up at the museum allowing folk to explore High Street history through images and stories from 2-5pm. Young people from Step Forward Wick Youth will also be among those designing a heritage trail through the town centre.

At the Assembly Rooms on Thursday there will be drop-in sessions between 2-4pm and 6-8pm. People are being invited to come along to view the information gathered on the project so far and work with the team to narrow down design goals.

Children will be able to take advantage of a special activity corner which will include design activities.

Kasia added: “We are delighted to be working with Highland Council and the community to make improvements to Wick’s High Street.

"Whether you live, work or travel through Wick High Street, we need your input to ensure the design proposals reflect needs and aspirations of the whole community, so please come along and tell us what improvements you would like to see in your local area.”

The Wick street design project aims to revitalise the High Street, making it more vibrant, more accessible and more welcoming.

members of the public have the chance to get involved up until June 2020, when the project will be handed over to Highland Council to develop it further.

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