NEWPORT Pagnell is on the verge of ‘something special’.
That is the view of Richard Meredith who is chairman of a group behind the development of a three-storey building situated on the former Aston Martin site in Tickford Street.
The plans for the new centre which have gone on show in the town feature a gallery, workshop and possible meeting place. Mr Meredith announced the plans at a well attended public meeting into the scheme – the first one on the subject.
It was held at the United Reformed Church Hall last Thursday.
The historic Salmon Coachworks building is one of three on the site which have been earmarked for development when the controversial Tesco store is built.
Around 50 members of the public heard Mr Meredith, who is chairman of the Newport Pagnell Cluster Group, suggest the arts centre could join the town’s other ‘little gems’ of historic importance and character.
The main aim of the centre will be to serve the local community but many people are hoping it would also help to attract more visitors to the town and increase trade for the High Street’s shops.
Focus groups at the meeting drew up a provisional wish list for the centre including that it be open to all ages and skills, be a focus for the arts in the area by linking with established arts groups and it should generate its own income and be sustainable.
Newport Cluster Group member and former MK Borough Council chief executive, John Best, said: “It is important that these ideas come from Newport Pagnell itself.”