By Tupton Hall School pupil, Kay Pearson (5H) Summer 1963.
Published by kind permission of Barbara Winder who was on the editorial board of the school magazine where this article was first published and Kay Pearson, the author of the article.

A planner's eye-view of Clay Cross in future years was the theme of an exhibition held in the YMCA Hall in October 1962.

The main feature of the exhibition was a model of the planner's suggested layout. This gave the public a clear picture of what the town might look like in ten year's time. Pedestrians and their safety have caused the architects to envisage pedestrian precincts all over the town. Here, shoppers will be able to move freely without the threat of danger from vehicles. Deliveries to the shops and other buildings will be made from the main roads and parking spaces are provided at the rear of all premises. The main shopping area, Market Street, will be closed to traffic from High Street as far as Broadleys. Half-way along Market Street will be a covered market and next to it an open market.

Dominating the market place will be a multi-storey block of flat lets. Traffic which now uses Market Street will be diverted to a new road which will by-pass the north side of Clay Cross, and join High Street at a roundabout to be built at the top of the present Eldon Street. Close by the new road is the site for a bus station.

A number of premises due to be built will help solve the problem of finding rooms for various cultural activities in the town. For example, one of the buildings will be the headquarters of local Theatre groups.

The plan also showed how children will be able to play safely in the many play-parks which are to be sited away from busy roads.

The exhibition was a huge success, creating real interest, particularly among young people.

The total expenditure on the redevelopment of Clay Cross cannot be calculated at this early stage, but one estimate is that over 1,454,000 will need to be spent on the scheme by 1971

Latest update (January 2008) for the development of Clay Cross
The North East Derbyshire District Council (Clay Cross Town Centre) Compulsory Purchase Order 2008 - COMPULSORY PURCHASE OF LAND AND NEW RIGHTS IN CLAY CROSS

There is now a web site for the regeneration of Clay Cross

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The 22m plan to lure the shoppers back to Clay Cross
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