Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 19 March 2022
NUNEATON MEMORIES members are being encouraged to think up a name for the town’s new Abbey Street development – as it could be chosen by the Borough Council and its development partner.
The local nostalgia group have officially partnered up and ‘joined forces’ with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in helping to give the newly-proposed attraction a name.
The Council and Queensberry are seeking out as many ideas as possble to give the development ‘the right feel, and help draw in more people’, according to a statement issued to the Free Press.
Nuneaton Memories was chosen as the partner as the Facebook-exclusive group has members alll over the world, meaning that they will be able to help spread the appeal for help even further.
All ideas are being welcomed – especially those that may capture the spirit oft he former Abbey Street development area, and also suggestions those that will reflect its ‘central role’ in the future.
Queensberry are set to draw up a shortlist so members of the group are able to identify the ‘right way forward’.
The brand new development will include the former Co-operative department store site, as well as the row of New Century Way shops, and the current Abbey Street car park.
The new development will see a public square created for outdoor events, a ‘Hampton’ by Hilton Hotel, a cinema, food and drink outlets, and a multi-storey car park.
Nearby shops and buildings are to be updated and local college North Warwickshire and South Leicester College will open a new Digital Innovation Centre as a part of the development.
The multi-million pound investment is funded with assistance from the government’s Town’s Fund and Future High Streets Fund, as well as the borough council’s capital spending.
Council Leader, Coun. Kristofer Wilson, said: “We know this development is going to be a big hit helping to draw visitors to the town in new ways.
“We would love to receive as many helpful suggestions as possible at this stage, and what better way to make sure we reach as many people as we can than by featuring our appeal in Nuneaton Memories’ Facebook group.
“All suggestions will be considered, a shortlist drawn up, and people will be able to let us know which they think is the best one.
“Hopefully this will be a fun and productive way to generate ideas and involve Nuneaton and Bedworth people wherever they may be in the world.”
He concluded: “The final name chosen will be an important part of the public face of Nuneaton town centre for many years to come. I encourage as many people as possible to get involved.
“Who knows – it might be your idea that helps give Nuneaton town centre a brand new look and feel!”
Alex Hyams, Senior Leasing Manager for Queensberry, said: “We are already in detailed discussion with a number of occupiers that will contribute to delivering a dynamic and exciting new destination for Nuneaton.
“The scheme will rejuvenate this part of Abbey Street and the surrounds with a cutting edge mix of uses being brought together to create a place which will be used by all sections of the local community, from breakfast through to the evening.
“Clearly the name must resonate locally but it is also vital that the identity is attractive to businesses and individuals who don’t know Nuneaton yet. We’re looking forward to seeing all the ideas which come forward.”
Mark Palmer, of Nuneaton Memories said: “Nuneaton Memories is all about helping people share their feelings and memories about our town and our borough.
“We know there are big plans for Nuneaton town centre, and we are looking forward to being part of this important job of finding a good name for the new heart of the town.”
The winner will be invited to take part in an official naming ceremony event during next year.