WORK is under way for the next phase of improvements to Redditch town centre.
Existing utility services such as water, telecommunication and electricity supplies are being diverted over the next six months to enable the improvements on Unicorn Hill, Church Green West and St Stephen’s Churchyard to commence in earnest in the 2024 summertime.
Worcestershire County Council is working in partnership with Redditch Borough Council on improving the public space.
It will be the third phase of public space improvements for the town centre following on from works on Alcester Street and Market Place and will be designed to tie in with plans to develop Redditch Railway Station.
Improvement works were completed in Market Place in May 2021 and in Alcester Street in 2020.
Both schemes included a number of measures including resurfacing the pavements and roads, improving drainage and the installation of new street furniture eg bins, seats and planters.
The project is being funded from Towns Deal funding provided by the UK Government as part of a wider programme of works to help regenerate the town centre.
Redditch Borough Council Leader, Coun Matt Dormer said: “In October we saw the NHS sign a lease to take up space in the Town Hall as part of plans to create a community hub to put partner services under one roof making it more accessible for residents.
“So, I am delighted to see, just a couple of weeks later, these improvement works taking place so the next phase of the wider programme to regenerate Redditch can move forward.
“The fact we are undertaking major changes like diverting utility supplies shows we mean business and I am excited to see our residents and businesses reap the benefits which they deserve, from this investment.
“Things are moving quickly thanks to partnership working which once again demonstrates, we are stronger together.”
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