In January 2014, an outline vision developed by a partnership including Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan, Preston City Council and the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC) received a first-round pass in relation to a £1million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). If successful, this will go towards a sympathetic improvement of Winckley Square.
Since January, there has been a tremendous amount of work undertaken by various teams and groups as Groundwork develops full scale proposals due to be submitted in February 2015.
A key aspect of our submission has been the development of the Winckley Square Conservation Plan. This has been developed by renowned and passionate local historians and conservation experts such as Andrew Mather, Aidan Turner-Bishop, David Hindle, Paul Swarbrick, Stephen Sartin, Dr Alan Crosby and Elaine Taylor of the Lancashire Gardens Civic Trust – all of whom have donated their time on a voluntary basis. We are very grateful for their contribution.
We will be sharing a blog from the conservation team on the WSCIC website soon, so please pay us an online visit.
The clock is ticking and there is a huge amount of work that needs to be done before the submission date of February 2015. Here is a headline breakdown of what will happen next:
Autumn 2014: Launch of a Winckley Square Visitor Survey (see below)
Autumn 2014: Public launch of Conservation Plan
Autumn/Winter 2014: Further consultation with stakeholder groups
November 2014: Stage C meeting between Groundwork and HLF. This is a major review of submission plans
January 2015: Final consultation. A series of events will take place where the public can view and comment on the final proposals
January 2015: Final review meeting with HLF
February 28 2015: Submission to HLF
June 2015: DECISION
Since its formation in 2011 the aim of the WSCIC has been to represent the interests of the community and create a partnership that will lead to a sympathetic restoration of Winckley Square. A project of this nature is complex, delicate and lengthy and, as a voluntary organisation, we have made great strides to get to where we are today. Our goal is to get this project over the line.
As part of our Autumn consultation, and a key part of our HLF bid, we have created a new Winckley Square Visitor Survey. Please give us five minutes of your time and complete the survey. Your input will play a key role in shaping our submission.