Italian Gardens and Town Square are earmarked for new shops

AN indoor snow centre could be Weston's next great attraction according to radical ideas being floated by the town's retail bosses. Weston Town Centre

AN indoor snow centre could be Weston's next great attraction according to radical ideas being floated by the town's retail bosses. Weston Town Centre Partnership has identified 30 hectares of derelict land behind the Weston Links site, where McDonalds and Blockbuster are based, for development and is consulting with North Somerset Council on how best to use it. The partnership was set up almost 10 years ago to improve the town centre and help businesses already there. Partnership chairman John Brentnall said: "A snowdome could be a very interesting idea as a way of putting Weston on the map."It is currently working alongside North Somerset Council to develop an area action plan for the resort on which members of the public will be invited to give their views this autumn. The plan aims to ensure future development is in the right location with supporting infrastructure for transport and is due to be finalised next year. A report by retail consultants Donaldsons says the town centre needs to double in size by 2011. Mr Brentnall said: "If not, the council will find it very hard to resist planning applications for out of town shopping areas."The general view is that we need to keep the town centre a vibrant place. The partnership will be working hard to keep retail high on the agenda."Consequently, the Italian Gardens and the Town Square may have to disappear in order to make way for more shops."Other areas in the town centre which may undergo a facelift include Victoria Square, St James Street and the NCP car park behind the Town Hall.


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