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Update on Castle Quay Waterfront works – closure of Spiceball Leisure Centre footbridge

We are writing today to advise you that due to ongoing construction works for Castle Quay Waterfront, the Spiceball Leisure Centre footbridge will be closing from Monday 23 September. This is a temporary closure, and is necessary to allow the construction of a car park which will form part of the new Lidl store. 

We would like to clarify that the footbridge is not being demolished and replaced. Alteration works will be taking place to a small section of the bridge which, in the longer-term, will improve the connectivity of the Spiceball Leisure Centre to the town centre. The bridge is constructed from steel and brick, and it is this brick section on the Castle Quay shopping centre side of the river that is being changed. 

There are a number of alternative routes to the Spiceball Leisure Centre, utilising existing pathways alongside the creation of new pathways which will be completed before the footbridge closes. These pedestrian pathways will meet Highway Standards in line with the existing pathways around the town centre and signage will be in place. Alternative car parking is available at Riverside Car Park and Compton Car Park, along with short stay parking at The Mill and Chamberlaine Court. 

Alternative access routes will be clearly signposted. 

It is expected that the footbridge could be closed for up to 18 months, although we will be working as fast as possible with contractor McLaren to open the footbridge earlier than this, with minimal disruption. We will keep the local community informed of progress. 

This is a hugely exciting step in the construction of Castle Quay Waterfront and marks significant progress since works began on site. This new development for Banbury will deliver a new leisure and restaurant offering anchored by Lidl, The Light Cinema and a Premier Inn hotel. Acting as a link between neighbouring sites such as the Spiceball Leisure Centre and the existing Castle Quay shopping centre, connectivity will be improved within the town centre of Banbury and will support the creation of a dynamic evening economy. 

The delivery of Castle Quay Waterfront is one of several projects taking place within Banbury. Recently, a game changing new anchor for the shopping centre was announced – Lock29. A unique, creative leisure space filling 30,000 sq ft of the former BHS store, this vibrant food and beverage anchor will reinvigorate this empty space and create a new destination within the town. In an exciting step for Lock29, Happerley England has announced Lock29 as their flagship site for food provenance within England. 

We look forward to continuing to deliver this step change for the town, and we thank you for your continued patience and support throughout works. Please do get in contact via should you have any queries. 

Yours sincerely, 

Chris Hipkiss Project Lead, Castle Quay Cherwell District Council