YOUNG people helping to shape the future of Frodsham and Helsby are looking to breathe new life into the neglected 150-year-old former goods shed at Frodsham Station.
Helsby High School students had a good look round the town centre building this week to learn more about its history and come up with ideas for transforming it for community use.
Working with social enterprise company, Frodsham Foundation, and the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA), the students are exploring their local area and focusing on how it feels to be a young person growing up in Frodsham and Helsby and looking at the provision of community facilities.
Their views will be fed into the Frodsham Neighbourhood Plan and help shape Cheshire West and Chester Council’s new local development plan that will regulate development throughout the borough between 2015 and 2030.
Feedback from a recent Frodsham Foundation survey on the future of the Frodsham goods shed revealed residents’ strong support to turn the CWaC-owned building over to community use, with suggestions including community cafe, indoor market for budding entrepreneurs who can’t afford to rent shops and even a community assault course.
Inspired by their visit, students will take part in a session with a professional designer and come up with their own designs for the goods shed, which they will present to councillors, council officers and Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans at a special meeting at Helsby High School on December 13.
Frodsham Neighbourhood Plan is in its early stages and is being co-ordinated by Frodsham Foundation.
Anyone wishing to get involved or share their thoughts can do so by visiting www.frodshamfoundation.net.