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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Get Creative at Sandy Lane - View exciting ideas to improve the shopping centre

Come and see West Lancashire Borough Council’s ideas that may be used to make Sandy Lane Shopping Centre an even more inviting place.

Exciting options include a unique hanging feature above the arcade that could be changed with seasonal displays. A professional artist might work with the local community to design and make the display.

Planting a tree and installing artwork on the ramp that could be lit up at night are among the other suggestions, along with improved lighting and signage.

Suggestions came from an exciting programme of events held in the summer of 2014, when Sandy Lane Centre became a hive of activity hosting holiday activities for children, a Teddy Bears picnic and a Vintage and Handmade Fair. These were part of a process to find out what the local community, businesses and users felt about the Centre.

Feedback has been used to inform a design process that has resulted in the development of a number of themes that could be taken forward, once funding is secured, to improve the Centre. 

The ideas will be on view to the public for comment, on the following dates and times, at Unit 63, Sandy Lane Shopping Centre, WN8 8LA: 

  • Wednesday 18 February 11am–2pm
  • Tuesday 24 February 11am–4pm
  • Saturday 28 February 10am–1pm

Written feedback is always welcome and forms will be available to collect from the Bella Uno cafe Raffles Hairdresser and Martins Newsagent. Completed forms should be posted through the letter box at Unit 63 by Monday 2 March 4pm.

Councillor David Westley, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “Sandy Lane Shopping Centre is an important part of the local community and we are aiming to make it an even better place for people to visit, work, and shop.”

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has already given us their ideas and comments about the centre. I would urge anyone who uses the centre to come and see the proposals and let us know what you think.”

A Friends of Sandy Lane group has been set up to seek funding and support for any of the ideas, to help improve facilities for the Sandy Lane area and work with any interested partners.  The group is looking for new members who would like to help make their community an even better place. Please contact Jenni Ashcroft if you are interested, either by email jenni.ashcroft@westlancs.gov.uk or phone West Lancashire Borough Council Arts Development Service on 01695 571328.

Unit 63 is also hosting a free family drop in holiday activity called ‘How does your Garden Grow?’ on Wednesday 18 from 11am–3pm. This will include a creative painting activity, and the completed art work will be installed around the centre.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events.

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