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Improving Colchester for you and your family

Colchester has a lot going on: fantastic heritage and history, a great music scene, Britain's Best Park, a great mix of major and boutique retailers, good schools, colleges and the University, as well as harmonious communities. Britain's oldest recorded town is a great place to live.

Helter Skelter Castle Park

More is on the way

People visit the town centre for leisure, entertainment, services and shopping, but Colchester's growing population needs more shops, easier ways to get around and a wider choice of things to do and see.

The town centre improvement programme aims to create spaces and places that feel good for people to be in together.  To help make this happen pdf icon a Better Town Centre supplementary planning document (SPD) [12Mb] has been developed.

We want the town centre to be a welcoming place at all times of the day; making the town centre a social place as well as one for doing business. A place where people meet and become involved in their community.  


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Read on to find out more about what's happening ...

Summer Screen

In July 2015, Colchester's Castle Park provided a stunning backdrop for movies, with three open air screenings taking place over two weeks. The giant movie screen set up by the slopes of Upper Castle Park was accompanied by a licensed bar, pop-up food kiosks and bands. Films were not the only delight, with Wimbledon also screened live from 29 June to the conclusion of the men's final on 12 July. This big screen was a first for Colchester, and was backed by the Colchester Film Festival and the Colchester School of Art.

More projects aimed at improving the experience of Colchester as a place and space are on their way. Check back here often!









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