By Tristan Harris Thursday 19 September 2013 Updated: 19/09 17:37
THE RESURFACING of Bromsgrove High Street will begin in January, the town centre regeneration project manager Richard Savory announced on Monday (September 16).
It came as Mr Savory updated members of Bromsgrove District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee.
So far, the work to utilities, such as gas and electricity, along with the approaches to New Road, The Strand and High Street South have all been completed.
Load bearing tests to check road surfaces have also been carried out and the improvements to the war memorial and Crown Close are done.
Work on improving the area outside Asda and on Cleggs Entry began this week.
Next will be the High Street lighting, which is also set to begin this month, and then drainage work will be carried out on the High Street.
And work on resurfacing Worcester Road is scheduled for October and November.
The blue light centre in School Drive - the new combined police and fire station - will open in six months’ time.
Elsewhere, there is a preferred bidder in place for George House and the Hanover Street Car Park and negotiations with them are continuing, whilst other developments depend on planning applications.
A proposal for the retirement village is being prepared by developers for Recreation Road and a planning application has been submitted for the transformation of the former Parkside School building. That will house staff from Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council, along with the town’s library, registration service and customer services.
Once that has gone through, that will free up the area in Windsor Street, including the library, county council offices and fire station, for development.
Transport wise, the bus station upgrades have taken place, an audit on cycling routes will be carried out and plans for the new railway station will go before the county council on Tuesday (September 24).
One element which has been welcomed is the work on School Drive. Trees have been cut back to open up the road and integrate Artrix more with the town centre.
The arts centre’s director Andy Woods thanked both the district and county council and said: “We are really pleased that views to the venue have been opened up.
“Along with improvements to nearby footpaths, this will significantly improve Artrix’s links to the town centre, allowing it to actively contribute to the exciting developments taking place there.”
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