Debate over Italian Gardens and Town Square design

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 February 2017

An artist's impression of what Weston-super-Mare's new Town Square could look like.

An artist's impression of what Weston-super-Mare's new Town Square could look like.

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Weston-super-Mare’s Italian Gardens is currently a pile of mud while major work is underway to make it part of a larger Town Square.

Photo by Nick Page Hayman.Photo by Nick Page Hayman.

The project involves tearing down sections of the Italian Gardens’ wall, as part of the £2million scheme funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

On a Mercury poll, 54 per cent of people said the historic wall should not be pulled down, and 40 per cent said it should be. The rest were not sure.

However, during a discussion on the Mercury’s Facebook page, most people were supportive of the work, which they said would open the space up.

Tina Hewlett said: “The best parts are being retained and the fountain has already gone.

“The two small sections of wall going opens up the whole area, which makes it a more usable space for community events, markets etc.

“It also enables shoppers and visitors easy access to the businesses on South Parade and in Grove Village, which is much needed.”

Lucy Cooper added: “The plans look fabulous. Much-needed renovation.”

The work will be done in three stages, and much of the scheme involves repaving and creating a new water feature.

Tara Roberts said: “It’s a good idea, it allows a walkway from High Street to seafront.

“The area behind the wall is something and nothing now, it will make better use of the space, and the fountains that children can run through is a lovely touch.”

Pete Walker, however, was not a fan of the proposals.

He said: “The whole concept looks sterile and characterless.”

But Bob Blainey said: “This allows flow between the two areas. They could incorporate the removed section somewhere else.”

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