Celebrations after Saxon Square receives multi-million pound makeover

HAVING FUN: James Emmett, Steve Rowland and Katie Stride of the Christchurch and District Band

HAVING FUN: James Emmett, Steve Rowland and Katie Stride of the Christchurch and District Band

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HUNDREDS of people flocked to Saxon Square in Christchurch on Saturday to celebrate the shopping centre’s multimillion pound makeover.

Christchurch and District Band, the Funky Little Choir Co and Sessions Music and Heritage Club provided live entertainment for the crowds while young and old alike enjoyed the games and activities on offer.

Bryan Taylor, centre manager at Saxon Square, branded the event a huge success.

He said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves at the new look Saxon Square. The regeneration works have made the centre a perfect place for community events and we look forward to hosting more in the future.”

He added: “I would like to thank everyone who supported our official relaunch including the shoppers, the mayor of Christchurch, our local councillors and the talented members of the community for providing the entertainment.

“I would also thank everyone who works across our 28 stores for their support on Saturday and throughout the regeneration project.”

Charlie Rose from the newly-formed Sessions Music and Heritage Group said: “Our young members had a brilliant time playing at the official re-launch of Saxon Square Shopping Centre.

“There was a really fun and friendly atmosphere throughout the whole day and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to perform in public.”

Cllr Ray Nottage, leader of Christchurch Borough Council, told the Daily Echo: “The re-launch day gave everyone a chance to see how the refurbishment has made the Square more open and welcoming to visitors and businesses alike. We are aiming to build on these improvements when we review developments across the whole of the town centre in the near future when everyone will get a chance to contribute to the plans.”

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8:10am Mon 28 Jul 14

skydriver says...

And these improvements paid for by increased parking charges, and evening parking charges, , Two votes Nottage when will you learn just to keep quiet.
And these improvements paid for by increased parking charges, and evening parking charges, , Two votes Nottage when will you learn just to keep quiet. skydriver
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8:20am Mon 28 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

skydriver wrote:
And these improvements paid for by increased parking charges, and evening parking charges, , Two votes Nottage when will you learn just to keep quiet.
Aren't we all led to believe that parking charges are supposed to go towards a better public transport system.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: And these improvements paid for by increased parking charges, and evening parking charges, , Two votes Nottage when will you learn just to keep quiet.[/p][/quote]Aren't we all led to believe that parking charges are supposed to go towards a better public transport system. Hessenford
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9:15am Mon 28 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

So, which budget was used to fund this project?
So, which budget was used to fund this project? folkprotector
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10:48am Mon 28 Jul 14

billy bumble says...

The improvements , while very welcome ( and they DO brighten up the place ) surely didn't cost "Multi Millions " did they??

If they did someone is certainly wasting the rate payers money

And those trendy dinky little rubbish bins - FAR too small - rubbish all over the place this morning because the bins are full
The improvements , while very welcome ( and they DO brighten up the place ) surely didn't cost "Multi Millions " did they?? If they did someone is certainly wasting the rate payers money And those trendy dinky little rubbish bins - FAR too small - rubbish all over the place this morning because the bins are full billy bumble
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1:09pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

I made a point of going down there this morning as I had to go to LLoyds Bank, I don't see any multi million pound facelift, if what I saw did cost multi millions then this is another surf reef story, for multi millios the whole place could have been demolished and completely rebuilt, which would have looked a lot better, it's still a very small drab precinct, removing a few canopies and sprucing up the paving does not constitute a major facelift, what a waste of vital funds.
I made a point of going down there this morning as I had to go to LLoyds Bank, I don't see any multi million pound facelift, if what I saw did cost multi millions then this is another surf reef story, for multi millios the whole place could have been demolished and completely rebuilt, which would have looked a lot better, it's still a very small drab precinct, removing a few canopies and sprucing up the paving does not constitute a major facelift, what a waste of vital funds. Hessenford
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9:07am Tue 29 Jul 14

xchresident says...

The canopies which protected shoppers from rain are gone, 3 trees felled, and apparently Christchurch gave away the freehold to this land plus £200,000.

Mr Notage says " We are aiming to build on these improvements when we review developments across the whole of the town centre in the near future when everyone will get a chance to contribute to the plans.”

Lord protect us from more of us! You may contribute to the plans but don't expect to be listened to.
The canopies which protected shoppers from rain are gone, 3 trees felled, and apparently Christchurch gave away the freehold to this land plus £200,000. Mr Notage says " We are aiming to build on these improvements when we review developments across the whole of the town centre in the near future when everyone will get a chance to contribute to the plans.” Lord protect us from more of us! You may contribute to the plans but don't expect to be listened to. xchresident
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9:09am Tue 29 Jul 14

xchresident says...

CORRECTION
The canopies which protected shoppers from rain are gone, 3 trees felled, and apparently Christchurch gave away the freehold to this land plus £200,000.

Mr Notage says " We are aiming to build on these improvements when we review developments across the whole of the town centre in the near future when everyone will get a chance to contribute to the plans.” Lord protect us from more of Christchurch Council's 'improvements!'

You may 'contribute to the plans' but don't expect to be listened to.
CORRECTION The canopies which protected shoppers from rain are gone, 3 trees felled, and apparently Christchurch gave away the freehold to this land plus £200,000. Mr Notage says " We are aiming to build on these improvements when we review developments across the whole of the town centre in the near future when everyone will get a chance to contribute to the plans.” Lord protect us from more of Christchurch Council's 'improvements!' You may 'contribute to the plans' but don't expect to be listened to. xchresident
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