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‘Unforeseen delays’ blamed as Redditch town centre improvements remain unfinished this Christmas

Redditch Editorial 22nd Dec, 2017

WORK on Alcester Street in Redditch town centre will now be completed in January – despite promises from County chiefs that it would be done ‘by Christmas’.

County Hall blamed ‘unforeseen delays’ and ‘shallow services’ for the rescheduling which has seen major disruption on the pedestrianised road into Church Green and the town centre.

The re-paving project – costing £880,000 and paid for by the county council and Redditch Borough Council – includes a new one-way system in Alcester Street for authorised vehicles in the pedestrian zone.

The works were originally scheduled to be completed back in August, four months ago, but when that target was missed, the finish date was pushed back to ‘before Christmas’.

However, there is still a large chunk of the work to be done in the centre on Alcester Street where Redditch’s needle symbols used to be.

The County’s Cabinet member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock said: “Due to unforeseen delays, caused by shallow services, the public realm improvement work in Redditch town centre, is now on target to be completed in January.”

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