New images have been released showing plans for Walsall town centre in the future.

The computer-generated images have been released as part of work on Walsall Council’s Town Centre Masterplan.

They show plans to transform the heart of the town centre as part of a programme of new investment of more than £500 million over the next 20 years.  

Walsall residents have been helping the council develop the vision, the authority said.

A CGI showing plans for Walsall town centre in the future
A CGI showing plans for Walsall town centre in the future
 

More than 2,000 people have taken part in an online survey which remains open until the end of March.

The survey asks about the shopping habits and leisure pursuits of Walsall people in the context of the changes taking place across the country as the retail sector meets the challenge of online shopping.

The council is submitting a bid for tens of millions of pounds to the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, which has £675million to help town centres address the challenges they face.

A CGI showing plans for Walsall town centre in the future
A CGI showing plans for Walsall town centre in the future
 

A share of this money can help deliver the wider regeneration of the town centre and the Council is confident that Government will be keen to support its aspirations.

The council said it would work with agencies across the borough from both the commercial and voluntary sectors to help shape the final plans for the town centre.

Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Adrian Andrew, said: "‘I’ve been heartened by the response from residents who have raised both concerns and positive points that we all recognise. Local people are clearly passionate about their town and the council is too.

   

"The problems Walsall borough faces are not unique but we need to understand them if we’re to move on. There’s a lot of work to do and I hope residents will continue to help us as we create a Borough Centre we can all be proud of.”