Featured image: Detail from the ‘Civitas’ Big Map: Cafe culture in Swan Square and how about a large specimen tree? Pound-stretcher occupies a key building at the focal point of Bridge Street and the square.

Two  more interesting sessions on the Big Map took place last week as part of our Autumn programme of workshops . The first of these, ‘Civitas’  invited members of the Civic Society to  join us in looking at the town ‘s potential for recreational, cultural and civic improvements. The workshop was constructed around a short walk through the town and along the riverside to get a sense of what could be done to make better use of the county town’s assets and to stimulate the cultural programme in Haverfordwest. Some key comments and suggestions made were;

  • How can we make better use of Castle Square?
  • Renew ugly fascia signs on shops, particularly those in Castle square
  • Provide better signage to the Castle.
  • There are too many empty buildings in key locations and under-used historic buildings
  • Difficulty for pedestrians crossing Castle Square
  • Improvements to riverside walkways are needed.

If you would like to share your ideas for developing  Haverfordwest’s arts and cultural life and express your views for the town’s future, then why not come along to the next open session with Artists Pembrokeshire on Thursday 17th September. There’s a further opportunity  to engage with the Big Map on Friday 25th September when Sarah Goy, senior urban designer at Nathaniel Lichfield and partners, and Gordon Gibson will be joining us.

Nathaniel Lichfield are town-planning consultants who have been engaged to undertake a master-planning exercise on behalf of Pembrokeshire County Council. Sarah and her colleague John Cottrell are working on this .

Gordon Gibson is  an urban planner who gave an informative analysis and inspirational walk and talk in Haverfordwest following an ‘open session’ on the Big Map during the Lab launch in May. He has extensive experience of working  on urban design issues with local communities both internationally and locally in south Wales

For full programme details and times click on the link updated BIG Map wshop programme 18.8.15