City of Wolverhampton Council is urging the public to have their say on a new masterplan to link up areas of Wolverhampton for walkers and cyclists. A series of ‘Connected Places’ consultations continue on Dudley Street and in the Mander Centre. The council is working with the university, Mander Centre and other city partners Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Wolverhampton BID to develop the strategy.
The aim is to help understand what people think of the streets and public spaces in the city centre, what they would like to change about them, and to develop a framework to improve the public realm in the city centre. 'Connected Places’ is looking to improve connectivity between strategic developments, as well as improve safety and security, and integrate new and improved car parking.
Some of the city's most significant sites generating footfall are outside the ring road, such as the university's Molineux campus and Wolves' football ground, as well as major regeneration opportunities such as the Royal Hospital site and Canalside.
Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Different areas of the city have developed in different ways over the years.
“The university area is like an education sector, the Civic Halls and Grand Theatre are something of an entertainment sector; the college, Adult Education Service and library form another education centre.
“Our aim is to join all these areas up so people can find their way between them easily by foot and bicycle.
“The new multi-million pound West Midlands Construction UTC on the former Springfield Brewery site will ultimately have 600 students from across the region so it is essential we connect these areas up to help anyone unfamiliar with the city get around safely.”
City centre consultation dates:
Saturday, May 21 (11am to 3pm) - Mander Centre upper level and outside Boots on Dudley Street
Thursday, May 26 (11am – 3pm) - Mander Centre upper level and outside Boots on Dudley Street