23rd Apr, 2019

Square deal could be on the cards to link High Street with car park

Ross Crawford 27th Aug, 2018

PLANS to create a new public square in Studley are being looked on favourably by Stratford District Council.

The scheme would see the demolition of both the doctors’ surgery, vacated last year and now owned by the district, and the old youth centre, which is still in the possession of Worcestershire County Council.

It’s a project that has been championed by District Councillor Justin Kerridge (Con, Studley North, Mappleborough Green) who said: “The new idea is to knock them both down and potentially, with the help of some new development to pay for it all, produce a new village square.

“To me it’s a really exciting idea and would link the Pool Road car park with the High Street and give us a public open space.”

He added that the district council would be willing to put some money into the project if it received backing from elsewhere.

“This would be an open space and could be the long sought-after village centre,” he said.

“It would not be huge but it would be twice the size of what’s there at the moment.”

Studley has had to deal with the withdrawal of a number of public services over recent years, leaving a number of buildings vacant.

The fire station has closed and is to be demolished and turned into flats, the High Street doctors’ surgery closed, resulting in services transferring to the Pool Road practice, while the village youth club has been closed for a number of years.

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