Still time to send your views on Eden Walk shopping centre redevelopment

Shirley Carter studies proposals for Eden Walk shopping centre during the public exhibition

Eden Walk shopping centre

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Developers behind plans to regenerate Kingston's Eden walk shopping centre have called for more shoppers to give their feedback on proposals before a public consultation closes this week.

A pedestrian path through Memorial Gardens and a boutique cinema in Eden Walk were some of the suggestions on show during a public exhibition by centre co-owners British Land and USS earlier this month.

Although almost 1,000 people attended the three day event, the public consultation does not close until Thursday, July 31.

Eleanor Wright, Community Executive from developer British Land said: "We are delighted that so many people have taken the time to come and talk to us.

"The response has been really positive, with many visitors agreeing that Eden Walk needs to be regenerated and revitalised.

“It is really important for us to get the views of Kingstonians on the future of Eden Walk to help shape and inform our future proposals and we would encourage anyone with an interest in the town to give us theirfeedback."

Other proposals currently include retaining and refurbishing Eden Walk car park and a potential new landmark building to act as a wayfinder for the shopping centre.

Click here to see the plans and give feedback. 

The Surrey Comet visited the exhibition asked on its final day and asked visitors what they thought. Here's what they had to say: 

Brian Godding, 85, a retired architect and vice-chairman of the Kingston Society, said: "This scheme will only benefit big retail companies.

"The development will cause absolute chaos when it’s being built. Kingston will be a huge building site for years."

Surrey Comet:

Brian Godding

Surrey Comet:

Rickey Godding

His wife Rickey Godding, a retired health professional, said: "The development will cause tremendous upheaval to commuters and people who have to use public transport."

Harry Dillamore, 18, an Esher College student from Hampton Wick, said: "A ‘Brick Lane’ of Kingston would be amazing. It’s a great idea to have more independent shops.

"If a cinema could match Odeon prices, I’d definitely go for the atmosphere, but a boutique cinema sounds expensive."

Surrey Comet:

Harry Dillamore

Surrey Comet:

Lorraine Dillamore

His mum Lorraine Dillamore, 49, a school office administrator, said: "Eden Walk is individual and hopefully it will keep that individuality. A pedestrian route through the memorial gardens would be lovely."

Retired Diane Watling, from north Kingston, said: "Memorial gardens are memorial gardens and that’s how they should stay.

"It’s very good to increase links but this isn't the way of doing it."

Surrey Comet:

Diane Watling

Shirley Carter, 79, from Banstead, said: "I've been coming to Kingston since I was 10. A pedestrian route through the Memorial Gardens will make it less peaceful.

"I think we should have quality stores and a few more seats rather than wasted shops."

Berrylands resident Caroline Hutchings, 56, said: "Eden Walk needs to be revamped. At the moment the roofs leak. I’d like to see a nice balance of shops, and to keep BHS, Sainsbury’s and Boots."

Surrey Comet:

Caroline Hutchings

Jerry Irving, chief executive of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, said: "The plans are welcome. They are a positive step for Kingston.

"They need to be considered alongside other proposals such as St George’s site across the road [The nearby Ashdown Road car park re-development].

"Turning Kingston into a huge building site won’t be welcome. But we want to see consideration on the part of developers about the effect on non-retail small businesses."

What do you think? leave you comments below or email letters@surreycomet.co.uk

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9:02am Tue 29 Jul 14

S Leader says...

Under no circumstances should any alteration of the Memorial garden take place it should in fact be restored to its original condition before it was desecreated by using it for Markets and fun it is a pity that things like this and the fact it is a Grave yard are not even considered by modern day greed, I expected things like this from the last council but expected better of our new administration but alas all contact with those other than Zac Goldsmith has fallen on deaf ears and not even reponded to same old story YOU ELECT ME THEN I AM TO IMPORTANT TO SPEAK TO YOU!!!
Under no circumstances should any alteration of the Memorial garden take place it should in fact be restored to its original condition before it was desecreated by using it for Markets and fun it is a pity that things like this and the fact it is a Grave yard are not even considered by modern day greed, I expected things like this from the last council but expected better of our new administration but alas all contact with those other than Zac Goldsmith has fallen on deaf ears and not even reponded to same old story YOU ELECT ME THEN I AM TO IMPORTANT TO SPEAK TO YOU!!! S Leader
  • Score: -13

3:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Imigrante says...

I hope this will not be another Tolworth Greenway and Ancient market development - pointless and waste of money.
I hope this will not be another Tolworth Greenway and Ancient market development - pointless and waste of money. Imigrante
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

kingstonpaul says...

Agree, pointless waste of money. Eden Walk is a legacy of that dreadful brutalist period of retail development. The world has moved on.
With the the Bentall Centre and John Lewis, the main axis through the town is Clarence Street. No revamping, crap 'branding initiative' or the development of some stupid 'hub' (e.g. fashion hub) will alter this fundamental dynamic. Bulldoze the whole thing, make it a park - a gorgeous antidote to mammon.
Agree, pointless waste of money. Eden Walk is a legacy of that dreadful brutalist period of retail development. The world has moved on. With the the Bentall Centre and John Lewis, the main axis through the town is Clarence Street. No revamping, crap 'branding initiative' or the development of some stupid 'hub' (e.g. fashion hub) will alter this fundamental dynamic. Bulldoze the whole thing, make it a park - a gorgeous antidote to mammon. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 1

5:38am Wed 30 Jul 14

Tony from Surbiton says...

Something needs doing to it. It's a shame that people are already moaning about disruption caused by the building work - nothing will ever happen with that attitude. Having said that, I thought the plans were very sketchy and didn't inspire me. All looked a bit 80s and dated already. Agree that the memorial garden should be preserved though.
Something needs doing to it. It's a shame that people are already moaning about disruption caused by the building work - nothing will ever happen with that attitude. Having said that, I thought the plans were very sketchy and didn't inspire me. All looked a bit 80s and dated already. Agree that the memorial garden should be preserved though. Tony from Surbiton
  • Score: -4

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