A proposal has been submitted to the planning team at Cheshire West and Chester Council to demolish the Frodsham Goods Shed in order to make way for another car park.
The Goods Shed has been an historic part of our town of Frodsham since the late 1800s. Formerly used for storing cattle and general agricultural produce from surrounding farms before or after carriage, and latterly used by Frodsham Council as a depot for road sweepers and refuse collection vehicles.
The Goods Shed has since stood vacant for the past seven years, despite there being extensive discussion to turn the shed into a community space for the people of Frodsham and Cheshire West and Chester.
In 2011, the Chester Chronicle posted an article discussing plans to renovate the building. This renovation was offered to the Frodsham Foundation - which formed in 2012 to support and promote innovation and enterprise for the benefit of the community.
The Executive Director at the time Kate Dodgson was quoted as saying:
“As a result of the community events held earlier this year in conjunction with the University of Chester, the plan is to create a multi functional space supporting both enterprise and community together in a centrally located, easily accessible building to form an attractive and welcoming gateway to Frodsham and the surrounding area. The building will signpost visitors to other attractions and businesses in and around the town to boost tourism, create local employment opportunities and develop skills"
In addition Councillor Lynn Riley was very supportive of the proposals:
“I think it will be awesome to have a space people can use for community activities,” she said. “If you think about the great news regarding the Halton Curve , the dynamic around the station is very different now. I wonder how many people wouldn’t need to commute if there was a venue locally where they could work and access community activities. You can start to see how it will support local residents for the better and give people local options that they haven’t got.”
Full article can be found here Chester Chronicle Article
SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- The proposal has now been submitted to Chester West and Chester Planning Council for Approval.
- Any one who is opposed to this demolition is able to raise their objections via the council website.
- So far there have only been 7 objections raised, despite numerous objections being vocalised on various community forums.
A number of people have since raised concerns that it has not been properly communicated as to how they can effectively raise an objection. Those that have made it onto the council site to do so, have found it unclear and confusing as to how to raise their objections. (Or support for that matter... there are always 2 sides!)
Therefore this petition has been created to give people a simple way to raise their objection to the demolition of the Goods Shed.
This petition will automatically update the planning team at Cheshire West and Chester Council, but nevertheless, I will also be sending them a copy.
*PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO SAVE THE GOODS SHED AND TO KEEP THE HISTORY OF FRODSHAM ALIVE*