The market is undergoing an overhaul and will be car-free


Quality impulse for the future

WINTER SWITZERLANDWith the market, the heart of Winterswijk, we have something that is already very good. A heart that beats well must keep beating well.” With these words, councilor Elvira Schepers presented the framework note for the new organization of the market.

By Clemens Bielen

The market has two faces: On market days, the market is a lively place, which is experienced atmospherically by many visitors; outside market days, the market is a large, empty, bare square with parked cars.
With the redevelopment of the market, the council wants to create a year-round atmosphere with a multi-functional design. The starting points for the design are set out in the ‘framework note’. Then follows a design. An ambitious plan to offer a solution to the bottlenecks in the current market structure.
In short: the market and Torenstraat will become car-free, the Volksfeest will remain on the market, which will be greener, the goods market will remain on the square, and there will be more space for events and for the catering industry.

Pedestrian market
Car traffic and parking spaces are a major bottleneck. The new plan will not have space for cars on the market. The road is an obstacle to the connection between the two parts of the market north and south of the church. In addition, the current layout blocks access to the shops in Meddosestraat and Ratumsestraat. The parking spaces on Torenstraat will also disappear.
According to Schepers, the surrounding parking lots today provide sufficient compensation for parking facilities disappearing on the market, and the option of ‘kiss and ride’ is also being considered: the possibility of being able to deliver a disabled person by car. Availability for suppliers is also a challenge.
The current occupancy is not sufficient and will be made more accessible for the disabled.

More green
Schepers: “The trees that are now on the market are affected by a disease and must be replaced, but more greenery and shade must also be created to make the market heat resistant; the rainwater must be retained longer. The market is now Winterswijk’s absolute hot spot.”
Schepers also points out that various studies show that the function of the centers is changing. The Mono function for the stores no longer exists. Visitors also come for the atmosphere, catering and events. The college would like to answer that.

It is striking that a participation process was started at an early stage. Schepers: “Due to the many functions of the market, such as the produce market, the varied catering industry, shops, churches and events, there are sometimes conflicting interests, and we think it is very important that the interests of residents and other stakeholders are taken into account, We saw broad support for this plan.”
The appendix to the framework note contains a large number of conversations with interest organizations and individuals. ABH City, the market association, the catering association (KHN) and the Volksfeestforeningen.
It emerged from the conversations that the support/opposition to disappearanceof the parking spaces are about fifty-fifty.
The board has also oriented itself in Hengelo and Borne, where the same architect has reorganized the market.

Parking bike
Although the use of bicycles is encouraged, the parked bicycles are currently still a nuisance and the crossed bicycles present a cluttered image. The first sketch should make it clear how this problem will be solved.

The plan’s consequences for traffic flow in the area are set out in a traffic vision and mobility plan. A parking guidance system and telling the story of Winterswijk are still fun challenges for the architect to take on. He can start on that in his first draft of the design, when the framework is approved by the city council on 16 February.

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