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Regeneration work in the town gathering pace
4:30pm Friday 5th October 2012 in News
THE regeneration of Bromsgrove town centre is set to gather pace after the council announced a series of improvement work in the coming weeks.
The work, at seven town centre locations, is described as a mix of essential maintenance and minor improvement work, paving the way for major projects in the new year.
The projects include the resurfacing of the last stretch of the School Drive, opposite the Dolphin Centre, including the painting of double yellow lines, parking bays and a cycle path.
There will also be the replacing of dropped kerbs as part of improved pedestrian links between Artrix, New College and the town centre.
The pavements of Market Street, and near to The Strand, will be resurfaced, while additional road markings will be added to Stratford Road.
After discussions were held with Bromsgrove Disability Access Group, a bay and dropped kerb is to be added to Bromsgrove Bus Station, improving accessibility to BURT, the community transport bus.
Work to improve drains in Worcester Road is also to be carried out.
The improvement work is being funded by Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council, and is expected to be completed by mid-November.
Activity will then be put on hold until the new year to minimise disruption to Christmas trading.
Worcestershire County Councillor Antony Blagg said: "Some of these projects are things local people have been directly involved in, which is one of the benefits of partnership working.
“The joined-up approach with agencies has many benefits, such as ensuring gas works and other utilities are done before the new surface is laid, so it doesn't have to be dug up as soon as it's down."
District Councillor Del Booth, responsible for the town centre regeneration project, said: “While we wait for the start of major high street works, these smaller works will address a number of issues local people have raised.”