Agenda and draft minutes

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A welcome from the Chairman and introductions around the room.


The Chairman welcomed all to the Forum.



To receive any apologies for absence.


No apologies of absence were received.



To receive a presentation of the emerging proposals and how accessibility may be promoted.


A presentation was given by Francesca Naddafi from JTP Architects and Daniella Favero from Exterior Architecture. Presentation attached.


Key points highlighted by the presenters and Forum Members included:


·         Introduction: It was acknowledged that this was a unique opportunity to uplift the town centre, creating a new retail experience and making provision for arts, culture and leisure for people of all ages, with good connectivity, suitable parking and accessibility promoted throughout.


·         Question: Were the architects in discussion with the development team of the Landings development, as cohesion of all developments would be good for Maidenhead? It was confirmed that discussions were taking place but there were limitations and restriction since some planning applications had already been approved.


[Cllr Bowden left the meeting]


·         Question: Were there any specific plans for ShopMobility and Dial-a-Ride? There was a concern that there were too few Blue Badge and Parent-Child spaces planned on the ground floor and how links from parking to the High Street would work (e.g. upper-level parking relies on lifts which may prove unreliable) and so ground-floor services were preferred plus ramp access. Additionally, adequate spacing of parking bays to enable access/egress from vehicles with mobility equipment was essential. It was acknowledged that there were a lot of detail required to ensure parking was correct for all users. The architects confirmed that a specialist was involved in the car park development. It was agreed that a further meeting in relation to this was a good idea.


·         Question: Will pathways to/from and within the town centre provide sufficient space for navigation by mobility scooters (also cyclists), will there be daylight and wind testing, and will areas be covered for shelter from the elements? It was confirmed that daylight and wind testing would be conducted on new pathways and that a Lighting Strategy would be established and taken into account would be the impact of artificial lighting on navigation. It was acknowledged that a lack of covered spaces would be a concern for ShopMobility users and that generally pathways needed to allow for suitable navigation, including changing direction, by mobility-devices and pushchairs. It was acknowledged that these points would contribute to the commercial success of the town centre. It was acknowledged that the surface of uncovered paths and walkways should also be resistant to warping from adverse weather conditions as this impacted mobility-devices and consideration should also be given to low level lighting, patterning/aesthetics of surfaces for navigation by people with visual impairment or dementia.


·         Question: Are all shops in the Nicholson’s Centre, currently the only covered shopping area, to relocate, and will the Nicholson’s House be demolished? It was acknowledged that vacant units in the High Street could provide relocation options whilst the project was underway. Nicholson’s House would remain.


·         Question: Has the use of talking signs been considered to aid wayfinding, and what consideration has been given to street furniture (e.g. seating in communal areas)? It was confirmed that talking signs hasn’t yet been discussed and it was suggested that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.