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An area of public realm close to Withington Library is proposed

Withington Village due for revamp 

Dan Whelan

A plan to revitalise Withington Village, with a focus on improving connectivity and public realm, is to go before Manchester City Council’s executive next week ahead of a period of consultation. 

The framework for the South Manchester suburb, drawn up by planning consultant Nexus Planning and a project team including architect Broadway Malyan, planner WSP and conservation consultant BB Heritage Studio, aims to create improved public spaces and reduce the number of cars in the area. 

Several of the changes proposed in the framework focus on creating an identity for the village through improvements around Copson Street and Wilmslow Road, the two main commercial roads in the area.

Options include increasing the number of independent businesses, upgrading public realm, improving crossings on Wilmslow Road and pedestrianising Copson Street.

An enhanced public space outside the library at Rutherford Place is also suggested, as is a review of the car parks in the area, which could be transformed to provide public space. 

Existing shopfronts would also be restored under the plans.

The proposed improvements to Withington Village focus on four Rs: repositioning, reinventing, rebranding and restructuring. 

The framework aims to build on the progress made by Withington Village Regeneration Partnership, a group of local stakeholders. Since forming in 2017, the group has established pop-up cultural activities in vacant buildings and organised the successful Withington Walls crowdfunding campaign, aimed at raising money to brighten up walls and shutters in the village with artwork.

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Withington is a hidden gem! So is Northernden.

By The Old Faithful

Withington has been going downhill for years. Businesses have gone and the litter issue has gotten worse. Why do the council let places get so bad before they do anything. If they’d just maintained it it would be fine. What on earth has happened in Fallowfield?

By Dan

The main problem with Withington is that Wilmslow road is too narrow for the volume of traffic passing through. There are no easy solutions to this. Basically the village has more or less died. Killed by the changes in our society

By Resident of Withington

There are to many takeaways and charity shops . Could do with a shoe shop and some other decent shops get rid of graffiti and all the nutters that harass shop workers

By Julie

Withington village is in need of a make over its run down to many takeaways. I remember Withington was better when I was a child different shops nicer pet shop, DIY, hairdressers. Now it’s full of fast food shops.

By Marie Natal

Withington a village?

By Anonymous

There are positive things happening in withington, admittedly at a snails pace, but the pocket park on parsonage rd, the WHPI is currently being done and due to reopen at the end of the month, a couple of new cafes have / are opening, withington walls project, wearewithington business group… Given its location, transport links, good housing stock (east of Wilmslow Rd), proximity to didsbury/west didsbury good things should be possible…

By Kinrossie

Get rid of all the drug dealers first.

By James Williams

This will be good for Withington, I look forward to it.

By Anonymous

Fallowfield needs a revamp too, the area is nowhere near as vibrant as it once was with business closing down and the rise in homelessness. It could do with a boost.

By Leon

The graffiti on the shutters in our once loved village makes it look cheap and nasty. Such a shame.

By Dave

This is welcome, long overdue. The area has gradually become neglected and rundown almost by a process of ageing and decline.

By Simon Artley