At the end of January, the
Council revealed the latest plans for the rebuilding of New Ferry's
centre. All three options presented were heavily reliant on the
provision of new housing, and even included building on most (and in one
option all of) the Woodhead Street car park.
Whilst some people welcomed these proposals, others were less satisfied.
Many of the traders in the precinct were concerned about the loss of so
much of the car park where they and their customers park. Others felt
that with no new retail space being built to replace that which was lost
as a result of the explosion, the plans would do nothing to attract
shoppers to come back to New Ferry, or indeed new ones to consider
coming at all.
As a compromise, in consultation with the New Ferry Traders Association
and the New Ferry Community Land Trust, we drew up and presented to the
Council a fourth option plan which included ground floor retail space in
some of the blocks (similar to the example in the picture opposite). The
Council passed this proposal on to their consultants for their opinion.
The results will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Regardless of which option is chosen, it is clear that the larger bulk
of the new development will include new housing. Some housing developers
have already expressed an interest in getting involved. It is likely
that we will then see the private sector spend in excess of £5 million
bringing these new homes to New Ferry. A proportion of this housing will
be affordable housing which will be offered to people unable to get a
toe hold on the property ladder.