REDDITCH town centre is on course for some major changes this spring as £880,000 worth of improvements begin.
The scheme agreed in 2016 is being funded by £530,000 from the county council and £350,000 from Redditch Borough Council and will seek to improve the roads and footways, drainage, street furniture, signage, planters, and street lights in Redditch town centre.
Worcestershire County Council has written to residents and businesses in parts of the town centre ahead of the latest step in a programme of work as Alcester Street as well as parts of Grove Street, Peakman Street, Church Green East and Market Place are set to be transformed starting in mid-March until August.
The plans are available to view at Redditch Library from February 27 and included is a new one-way system for authorised vehicles in the town’s pedestrian zone, which will also change the access to the parking bays on Church Green East to be from Peakman Street.
Six trees that have caused damage to the southern end of Alcester Street will also be replaced by trees in planters, providing a surface free from trip hazards.
During the works full pedestrian access will be maintained but vehicular access will be disrupted, with local residents and businesses being consulted to minimise any issues.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, skills and Infrastructure, said: “Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country and investment in public realm areas is vital to ensure that the local economy continues to thrive and local shops and businesses flourish.”
“We are spending more money on improvement projects in Worcestershire now than at any time in the last three decades, and this further investment in a number of town centres, including Redditch, is designed to ensure they remain attractive, vibrant places where people want to visit, shop and spend time.”
For updates on the project see ‘Infrastructure and Improvement Schemes’ under the ‘Travel and Roads’ heading at www.worcestershire.gov.uk