Wil­low Court’s fu­ture plan­ning

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

DERWENT Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans says he would like to see the Wil­low Court precinct “fully ac­ti­vated” within three years.

Cr Evans be­lieves the suc­cess of the Agrar­ian Kitchen Eatery and Store, which opened in the precinct in June, pro­vides a road map for­ward for fu­ture use of the site.

The Derwent Val­ley Coun­cil en­dorsed a pro­posed frame­work for an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est doc­u­ment for the fu­ture use of Wil­low Court at last month’s meet­ing.

The EOI will be ad­ver­tised this month.

Cr Evans said the Agrar­ian Kitchen was the “first step” to- ward re-en­er­gis­ing the site.

“It would be nice to see some more ac­tiv­i­ties in that com­plex to stim­u­late the site even fur­ther,” Cr Evans said.

“When you sit along­side the Agrar­ian Kitchen as a busi­ness, it will be fan­tas­tic be­cause they are win­ning awards al­ready for what they’re do­ing in that restau­rant.

“The site it­self is so unique peo­ple are in­trigued and in­ter­ested, but now the op­por­tu­nity is there to have a piece of it and in­vest in the site.

“I think that now the door is open and the light is on it, this is def­i­nitely a way for­ward to give them uses in that area, whether it be lo­cal, whether it be in­ter­state, or in­ter­na­tional even.”

Cr Evans hopes de­vel­op­ment comes sooner rather than later.

“I would love to see it come to fruition in three years that places like Fras­cati House, the Bar­racks, Carl­ton, and Al­lonah be ac­ti­vated and re­ju­ve­nated, and have a use in there,” he said.

Cr Evans said hav­ing the precinct her­itage listed was cru­cial to fu­ture de­vel­op­ments.

“That is piv­otal to any fund­ing that may go along­side that site to help the restora­tion along its way,” he said

“When that comes on board, and hope­fully fin­gers crossed it does early in the new year, we can then ac­tively seek some fund­ing for some restora­tion works to make it even more ap­peal­ing for peo­ple to in­vest.”

The full frame­work for the EOI doc­u­ment is avail­able on the Derwent Val­ley Coun­cil web­site in Septem­ber’s meet­ing agenda.

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