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SLIDESHOW - New Riverside retail complex plans go on show in Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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THIS is the shape of things to come for Stafford town centre.

Plans for the Riverside redevelopment programme, including a six screen cinema complex, went on show to the public today – and more than 150 residents dropped in to talk to the architect and developers LXB.

The revised plans for the second phase of the wider Riverside town centre redevelopment scheme include provision for a new converted restaurant within the former Express and Star unit at Bridge Street.

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  • dismayed  |  February 26 2014, 5:44PM

    The public exhibition event was an absolute sham and should be repeated in order to allow those that work 9-5.30pm the opportunity to view the plans. The event was supposed to run from 12 - 7pm, however it closed at 6pm because of 'unforeseen circumstances'. I am afraid that this is not good enough and as left many people disappointed and angry. In order to allow the vast majority of people to view the plans the event should be repeated and last unless 7pm (ideally 8pm). It should also be held on a midweek. Had I been given the opportunity to view the plans and make my comments known. I would have informed the applicant that I am extremely disappointed by unimaginative scheme. I am fed up of Stafford being the poor neighbour of Chester and Shrewsbury. Those authorities would not entertain a scheme as unimaginative as this one along their rivers, yet Stafford residents are expected to be joyful! I'm afraid I am not. We have got a unique opportunity to provide an attractive river walkway and a vibrant street scene along the river, however we have failed to achieve this. Instead we are being treated to a couple of windows overlooking the river from the former express and star building an a glass cinema foyer (which is nothing new). There is no outside seating area and very little natural surveillance along the river. The cinema will only create a vibrant street scene before or after a show, at all other times it will continue as it is now, a ghost area and unappealing.

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