THE town centre from Alcester Street up to Church Green is to get an £850,000 makeover.
The county council project will see smooth new matching paving laid from the Palace Theatre as far as Peakman Street, the removal and replacement of obstructive trees and the introduction of attractive planters.
Large enough supplies of raw materials will also be bought so that when a section is dug up or breaks it can be replaced with one that matches instead of leaving the haphazard patchwork effect that is there now.
“This is very good news for Redditch and will complement the nice new market stalls we’re getting,” said Councillor Bill Hartnett (Lab, Church Hill).
“And any utility company that has to dig it up will have to repair it to as good as it was.”
Coun Juliet Brunner (Con, M’boro) added: “I’m absolutely delighted that we are going to make a difference – there is nothing more annoying that losing your heel in the bits of tarmac that are stuck in like a jigsaw.”
The works are due to start in January 2017 and will also include more signposts for visitors.
A second phase incorporating the railway station, is also in the pipeline.