'We want cinema and nightclub' - Welwyn Garden City residents tell Tesco

TESCO'S plans for the former Shredded Wheat site could include a cinema and nightclub – or so say residents. Those ideas were suggested at public exhibitions the supermarket giant held in relation to its proposed �300m redevelopment of the Broadwater Road

TESCO'S plans for the former Shredded Wheat site could include a cinema and nightclub - or so say residents.

Those ideas were suggested at public exhibitions the supermarket giant held in relation to its proposed �300m redevelopment of the Broadwater Road West site.

A spokesman for Spenhill, the regeneration arm of Tesco, revealed more than 1,300 people attended the series of sessions.

And he claimed the "vast majority" supported the principle of regenerating the site in WGC town centre, including more than 95 per cent of 173 written responses.


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Corporate affairs manager Alex Trenchard said: "We were delighted by the level of interest and feedback to the draft plans and will now be looking at how we can refine and amend the plans to reflect the comments that we have received.

"We also want to look for ways to reassure people the new Tesco store will provide important benefits to the town, not just in terms of the Broadwater Road West development but also in terms of re-establishing WGC as a popular and attractive shopping destination."

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Mr Trenchard said: "A wide range of ideas were put forward for additional community and leisure facilities ranging from a cinema and a nightclub through to a multi-purpose venue and facilities for children and young people."

There was also strong support for a flagship bridge over the railway line to link the two parts of the town, and a new public swimming pool.

He added some people were concerned a planned new Tesco store could draw trade away from the town centre.

Spenhill is continuing its consultation period with workshops next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at St Francis of Assisi Church in Church Road, WGC.

If you want to take part, email info@brw-regen.co.uk

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