Traders hope for a business boost from Jericho boatyard plans

Market organiser Caroline Casey, right, with traders, from left, Sue Foster, Stefan Harmann and Kate Moore

Market organiser Caroline Casey, right, with traders, from left, Sue Foster, Stefan Harmann and Kate Moore

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

MARKET traders have said a public “piazza” in the proposed £20m Jericho Boatyard redevelopment scheme could revitalise their businesses.

It comes as Jericho’s Grade-I listed church could undergo alterations to become “the focal point” of the new square.

Details revealed last Monday show work to establish the piazza in front of St Barnabas Church would see its main entrance move to its western facade.

Its current entrance will gain a ramp for wheelchair access and the area in front of the historic building will be paved “in radial patterns”.

Caroline Casey, who runs Jericho’s fresh food market, which opens every second Saturday of the month, said the new space would make “a massive difference” to traders.

She said: “We were based outside St Barnabas Church until recently, but we moved to Walton Street to get more footfall.

“It is difficult to get people down to the church, but we would be more than happy to move back there if the new square was opened. It would be much more accessible and make a massive difference to traders.”

St Barnabas Church parish priest Jonathan Beswick, who has been consulted on the proposals, said: “There are many benefits to opening up the front of the church.

“But of course it has to be done properly.”

If approved the changes, proposed by developer Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF), would also see a ground-floor extension in the vicarage flattened to make way for a new two-storey extension. It would not be visible from the street, the firm said.

Parking spaces lost by the front of the church are to be relocated and the western boundary wall would be removed.

Removable bollards are to be installed to restrict vehicle access to the square.

Designs for the piazza have been inspired by “campos” — squares — in Venice.

In its planning submission SIAHAF said: “The square is envisaged as a relatively informal, public space which will become the focus for a number of activities.

“The idea of the Venetian campo has been used as one reference, particularly the scale and enclosure of smaller informal spaces such as Campo San Pantalon.

“At weekends and on summer evenings it will attract more visitors and it is proposed the café and restaurant set up tables and chairs for customers in the square.”

The firm added it hoped farmers’ markets and concerts could also use the space.

SIAHAF spokesman Nick Band said: “St Barnabas is the focal point for the redevelopment of Jericho Wharf and we believe it deserves to be presented in all its architectural glory.

“We aim to connect the church directly to the public square and canal.”

  • Our top stories:

Election tensions begin to rise as Cameron tells rival: My daughter is a better baker than you

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 30th January 2015

PRIME Minister David Cameron has said his 11-year-old daughter Nancy would “thrash” his Labour party rival in Witney, Duncan Enright, in a pre-General Election bake off.

Oxfordshire GCSE results beat national average despite Government-imposed changes + tables

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 30th January 2015

OFFICIAL GCSE results published yesterday show schools in Oxfordshire are doing better than the national average.

Rape complainant in Banbury sex case denies lying

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

6:00am Friday 30th January 2015

A GIRL who says she was raped when she was 14 repeatedly denied making up the allegation yesterday.

Man accused of child sex exploitation in Oxford made "extremely poor choices" jury hears

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

6:00am Friday 30th January 2015

A BARRISTER told a jury her client had made a mistake by "hanging around" with a man convicted of a conspiracy to rape a teenage girl.

Beds in sheds: Almost 300 illegal dwellings across Oxford

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

THERE are almost 300 illegal dwellings currently across the city, with officials warning the number could rise.

UPDATE: Reports of snow in Chipping Norton and Carterton as warning issued for county

Oxford Mail: Ice warning for Sussex after more snow falls

12:06pm Thursday 29th January 2015

There have been reports of snow in Chipping Norton and Carterton as the county was issued a warning for wintry weather.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree