Reimagine waterhouse street
Currently, Waterhouse Street gives priority to vehicles and on-street parking. Located parallel to the pedestrianised high street, it is a barrier between the Marlowes pedestrianised area, Bank Court and the Water Gardens. Many of the on-street parking spaces are not fully utilised, and the road is often used as a drop off point.
Furthermore, its five servicing yards suffer constantly from antisocial behaviour. As Cycling is not allowed in the Marlowes pedestrianised area, this is an obvious cycle route running north-south in the Town Centre, but the road does not currently have a cycle lane. Developing enhanced connections across Waterhouse Street and slowing traffic would greatly improve accessibility to the Water Gardens, embracing Jellicoe’s original New Town principles of a city in a park.
The Jellicoe Water Gardens were restored and refurbished in 2017, it is very well maintained and is loved by the community. A crucial aim of The Vision is to curate the area around the Water Gardens to allow people to sit, relax and enjoy the River Gade.
Bank Court, provides the best view of the Water Gardens and River Gade. The Vision creates a new purpose for Bank Court and Waterhouse Street as the main food and beverage area of the town centre, the Bank Court area would become the heart of the Town Centre. Re-prioritising away from vehicles would provide new possibilities for people to use the area for leisure, social and cultural activities.