Banbury Canalside walkabout with Brian Goodey, Rob Kinchin-Smith and Brian Little as guides
This Autumn Cherwell District Council are asking your opinion on the kind of development that you want for Banbury's important and historic Canalside regeneration area.
To provide a background to this consultation and to stir up public interest, the Civic Society held a series of well-attended public events during August and September. These started with an evening of talks and a small exhibition at the Town Hall on the history, architecture and landscape of the canal in Banbury. This was followed ten days later by a fact-finding coach trip to Worcester, Stourport-on-Severn, Droitwich and Stratford-on-Avon: similar towns to Banbury with canals and rivers at their centres, who are regenerating them in different ways. The third event was an evening workshop at the Town Hall to collate the ideas and opinions that the participants had formed during the previous two events. Following these events, the Society organised a Sunday afternoon guided walk to look at the area to be developed, its historic buildings, views and architectural character, and to consider the development opportunities and limitations.
The Society has been very fortunate to have as guides for the events, four respected experts in their fields: Michael Clews, (director and founder of conservation architects, Acanthus Clews), Brian Goodey (Professor Emeritus in Landscape Design, Oxford Brookes University), Rob Kinchin-Smith (Senior Consultant at RPS Planning & Development) and Brian Little (Banbury's best-known local historian). Our heartfelt thanks go to our guides and speakers, who gave their time freely to the Society. Our thanks also go to Sainsbury’s for providing refreshments, and to Cheney Coaches and Banbury Town Council for their support.
All the events were well attended and highly successful, if the level of interest and involvement is anything to go by. The weather was very kind during the two outdoor events, which made them all the more enjoyable. The ideas and opinions expressed by participants are currently being collated and will be fully incorporated into the Society’s response to CDC’s consultation. Whilst these will give our consultation response additional weight and authority, all attendees and Society members are strongly encouraged also to submit their own views to CDC direct.
There may be another canalside event before the end of the consultation process, so watch out for notices in the Library and on the Town Hall notice board. If you have email, do keep Chris Seddon informed of your current email address and he will send you notices of all events. Forthcoming events will also be posted on this website.
STOP PRESS: The final feature of the walk was Banbury's medieval bridge
Above: Looking at the canalside at Worcester.
Below: Old and new buildings at Stourport