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Public opinion sought on future of Williamson Square

Members of the public are being invited to share their views on the future of Williamson Square.

Liverpool-based social enterprise PLACED is holding a special event in the piazza next week as it explores ways the area can be improved.

According to PLACED, Williamson Square receives considerably less footfall than other shopping locations within the city centre and is currently a “mishmash of architectural design”.

The PLACED team wants residents to come down and explain what they like about the square and where they feel there is room for improvement.

The team is also keen to find out find out what people use the square for and to unearth memories of the historic space.

Williamson Square was first laid out in 1745 as a residential square and once boasted two theatres.

One of these was the Playhouse, which still thrives today and the other was the Theatre Royal, which opened in 1772. The Theatre Royal was completely rebuilt in 1802 with a ‘striking’ facade, designed by John Foster.

The Theatre Royal saw many great performers and even hosted readings by Charles Dickens.

However, by the early 20th Century, the theatre had been stripped out and was used as a cold store. The building was later demolished and today Matalan and the Liverpool FC store occupy the site.

‘A Vision for Williamson Square’ will be held at Williamson Square between 11.30am and 4pm next Wednesday (23 August).

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.