Colchester traders excited by Brighton Lanes-style scheme known as Colchester Walls (From Essex County Standard)
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Colchester traders excited by Brighton Lanes-style scheme known as Colchester Walls
8:50pm Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
TRADERS say they are excited about plans to create a shopping area in Colchester, inspired by Brighton’s Lanes.
The borough council proposal would create a signposted route from Priory Street to Balkerne Lane, taking in the variety of small shops in Short Wyre Street, Sir Isaac’s Walk, Trinity Street and Church Street.
The trail would be known as “Colchester Walls”, echoing the Brighton Lanes theme, but with a nod to the town’s Roman history.
More than 140 businesses are backing the idea and are due to find out more at a meeting at Lion Walk Church, Colchester, on September 24 at 5.30pm.
Ron Levy, secretary of Colchester Retail Business Association, said almost every business approached about the project had backed it.
He added: “It has been a delight. The reaction from the retailers has been phenomenal. They are so excited about it.
“I think the meeting is going to be very well attended. They think it is one of the most fantastic things done for retailers in Colchester in many years.”
Interpretation boards, blue plaques, new lighting and paving have already been up to in the area.
Mr Levy said: “This project can highlight the virtues of all that is distinctive about Colchester Walls and its many different assets.
“It can be used to reveal the special identity and character, and the mixture of independent businesses along the route and enhance retail performance.”
Traders from Norwich, where a similar scheme is already in operation, will answer questions.
The council has spend £14,000 getting an outside body, based in Norwich, to draw up plans, but had declined to reveal fill details until it has met business people.
It has also yet to explain how the project would be funded.