Improving Colchester for you and your family
Colchester has a lot going on: important heritage and history, a great music scene, the best Park in Britain, a good mix of small and 'big name' shops, good schools, colleges and the University as well as strong communities which get on well together. Britain's oldest recorded town is a great place to live.
More is on the way
Everyone comes into the town centre for leisure, entertainment, services and shopping, but a growing population needs more shops, easier ways to get around and more choice of things to do and see.
The town centre improvement programme aims to create spaces and places that feel good for people to be in together. To help make this happen a Better Town Centre supplementary planning document (SPD) is being developed and a draft can be downloaded here: Better Town Centre draft SPD [12Mb] To find out more about the SPD please click here: http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/7091/Better-Town-Centre-Supplementary-Planning-Document
We want the town centre to be a welcoming place at all times of the day. Making the town centre a social place as well as a place for business and a place where people meet and become involved in their place.
Read on to find out more about what's happening ...
Here are some examples of the projects which have achieved this and we hope that more are on their way in future:
The Halfords Tour Series cycling event was held in the town centre in June 2009, 2011, 2012 and will visit the town again on 30th May 2013. The Tour Series is a Criterium race which is one of the most exciting types of road racing, with races held over a set number of laps on town centre circuits allowing spectators to see real action, high speeds and intense racing at first hand. The event is televised nationally and internationally by ITV4.
The Olympic Torch Relay visited the town in July 2012. This was a great chance for local people to take part in the excitement in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Colchester Castle Museum hosted the 'Treasures from China' exhibition as part of the Cultural Olympiad from July 2012 - January 2013. The Castle is now closed for a £4.2m refurbishment and will reopen again in Spring 2014.
The Tour of Britain cycle race finished its 7th stage in the town centre in September 2010. The Tour of Britain is a cycle race comprising routes between different towns and showcases Britain's stunning scenery to a domestic and international TV audience with some of the world's top cyclists competing on British roads for the right to win the IG Markets Gold Jersey.