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.
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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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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