Salisbury Business Improvement District

Businesses invited to shape Salisbury River Park proposals

17th November 2020

Local businesses and residents are being asked for their views on the Salisbury River Park proposals.

This joint project, between Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency, aims to help reduce the risk of flooding for existing residents and businesses in Salisbury City Centre, build climate change resilience, enhance existing and create new spaces for biodiversity and improve public enjoyment of the river.

The seven-week public consultation which starts on Thursday 19 November 2020, covers two parts.

People are invited to comment on the draft Salisbury River Park Masterplan, which sets out the guiding principles for the whole of the River Park which will be delivered in phases over a number of years. It aims to provide riverside green space and urban wildlife habitat for residents and visitors to Salisbury to enjoy in the future.

People will also be able to comment on the draft detailed proposals for the first phase of the River Park which will be submitted as a planning application by the Environment Agency next year.

This phase will provide critical flood prevention measures and environmental improvements in Salisbury’s central car park, the Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground.

It is supported by £6 million funding from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) via the Local Growth Fund.

To explain the proposals in more detail, two live online broadcasts will be held. Residents interested in attending these free events can register via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 6pm
Tuesday 15 December at 2pm

Once registered a link will be sent to access the briefing which will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams.

Anyone wishing to ask questions about the proposals are encouraged to submit these in advance by emailing stating ‘Questions for Webinar’ in the heading and which of the two webinars they will be attending.

The briefings will also be recorded and will be available via the council’s YouTube channel.

This consultation runs from 9am on Thursday 19 November 2020 until 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021.

The consultation survey can be completed online at

Alternatively the survey form can be download and once completed it can be emailed to or posted to Major Projects, Wiltshire Council, The Council House, Bourne Hill, Salisbury SP1 3UZ before the deadline.

Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “These proposals relate to the overarching framework for the Salisbury River Park initiative and the first phase of works which form part of an £18 million package of investment provided by the Environment Agency and Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, to protect residents and businesses in Salisbury City Centre.

“It is really important everyone takes the opportunity have their say during the public consultation and help ensure the city is more protected and sustainable in the future.”