Several hundred local people and members of the business community took the time to visit our exhibition.
The exhibition (8-9 June 2018) was to find out more about our HQ relocation, the redevelopment of Covent Garden and how this fits into the wider picture of council investment throughout the district.
The first hour was dominated by a protest that did not encourage meaningful dialogue but what followed was a series of one to one debates, with questions asked, issues raised and a genuine dialogue between Officers, Councillors and the public.
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Cllr Andrew Mobbs commented;
“We achieved our purpose as part of our ongoing consultation process in that many shoppers and passers-by were able to gain the true facts behind this project. The opportunity to dispel some of the myths was encouraging... for instance; many people thought that we were just getting rid of the car park at Covent Garden and did not realise that a new, fit for purpose, larger car park would be built in its place.
I take on board that we need to ensure that we communicate the facts to local people and businesses, so that such misinformation does not cause distress and misunderstandings in the future.
I recognise that genuine concerns have been raised and I am also grateful for the many positive comments received. This feedback will give us a clear focus and it is my intention that we continue to communicate to all in the district. To this end, we will be publishing the comments received in full on our website along with our responses. Finally, may I thank all those that attended and acted with courtesy and good grace in our discussions? I found the experience extremely worthwhile.”