A bright vision for Haddington
Published Wednesday 14th November 12
The Council and Sainsbury's agree to support a new Vision for Haddington.
East Lothian Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Sainsbury’s to help the Haddington Vision Steering Committee progress plans to regenerate Haddington and put the town firmly ‘on the map’ as one of Scotland’s finest town centres to visit and shop.
At a recent meeting, East Lothian Council and Sainsbury’s agreed to provide support to the committee and to work together to help support and deliver the new ‘Vision for Haddington’.
The partnership will help deliver practical ways of attracting new visitors and shoppers to Haddington, as well as continuing to invest in improving and making the town more attractive.
Council Leader Willie Innes said:
“We are very pleased to be working with Sainsbury’s on this ambitious vision for Haddington and look forward to seeing some of our plans come to fruition.”
Alan Blackie, Chair of the Vision Committee, added:
“We welcome the support from East Lothian Council and Sainsbury's - both of which are vital if we are to achieve the Haddington Vision.”
Sainsbury’s Scottish Development Surveyor Paul Miller said:
“Sainsbury’s sees Haddington as an attractive place to invest, and from day one have been committed to working in partnership to ensure that our investment is a spur for further improvements for the town, its centre and businesses. We have been very impressed by the commitment from the council and the new Vision Committee."
Sainsbury’s is expected to submit a detailed planning application for a store on the outskirts of Haddington very soon, after outline planning permission was granted earlier this year.
The Vision Steering Committee is a partnership between Haddington Business Association, the Haddington & District Community Council, Haddington Amenity Society (HADAS), East Lothian Council and Haddington History Society along with Social Enterprise East Lothian and Knox Academy, working together to make Haddington town centre a better place to live, work and visit – and to take the Vision recommendations forward to start improving the town as soon as possible and to achieve its longer term goals.
The vision of a revitalised town centre for Haddington was set out at a public meeting in the town on Monday 1 October, when a detailed report produced by an urban design and planning consultancy, Urban Animation, was launched. The meeting was a huge success and was attended by residents, business owners and local stakeholders including the community council and HADAS. The consultants’ report, ‘A Vision for Haddington Town Centre’, was prepared following widespread local consultation.
It focuses on five key objectives:
- The need to make much more of Haddington’s place as East Lothian’s hub
- Its unique story as one of Scotland’s oldest towns
- Its abundance of attractive buildings, streets and spaces
- Its enterprising and creative people – not least its young people, and
- Its well established community spirit.
The council and Sainsbury’s will work together to maximise the opportunities from Sainsbury’s new store for the town centre, and Sainsbury’s has committed to continuing to work in partnership with the Vision Committee up to and beyond the opening of the new store.
Early discussions are to be held on local recruitment to maximise the opportunity for Haddington residents for the jobs that will be created by the development.
Background information – investing in Haddington
East Lothian Council has recently secured investment of over £17 million in Haddington, and its town centre, including:
- The new John Gray Centre, opened in April with investment of over £7million
- Major environmental improvements that have improved areas in the High Street, and further improvements associated with the introduction of the new one way system
- The new £9.4million school campus, which has just opened
The council has made a clear commitment to town centre regeneration in Haddington, and will work with the Vision Committee to secure further improvements, and importantly to underpin the investments already made. Sainsbury’s investment is in the order of £20million, and East Lothian Council has been working hard in partnership with Sainsbury’s to help maximise the benefits of its new store for local people and businesses.
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