High street improvements kick off today

Published on 30th May 2018

Visualisation of how the high street could look

Work to refresh Cheltenham’s High Street begin today with contractor North Midland Construction delivering the first phase of work.

The designs, which were recently on show in a public exhibition, reveal a transformed High Street.  Plans will see the existing mix of concrete and tarmac infill replaced with natural stone paving, new seating, trees and a performance space. The new paving will be complimented by raised beds, planted with large trees and shrubs and incorporating new seating and other street furniture.  

Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: “We’re delighted to see the works begin. This is a positive step forward and we are pleased that our plans to revitalise the High Street can now progress. We apologise for any initial disruption, however this is one of a number of projects that will help to deliver a wider vision for the town centre and focus on creating a better quality environment and improving connectivity.

“We are excited about the next few weeks when this part of the High Street will begin to look very different, and in the long term, offer a considerable boost to Cheltenham’s economy.”

Scott Lahive, manager of Regent Arcade, said: “In recent years many private sector companies have invested in Cheltenham town centre so it is great to see Gloucestershire County and Cheltenham Borough councils also supporting continual improvements.  The investment being made by both councils shows confidence and will encourage others to invest in the town, once again making Cheltenham an unrivalled shopping destination.”

Michael Ratcliffe, chief executive, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber is pleased to hear that further High Street works are commencing. The ongoing programme of improvements to Cheltenham High Street will, we understand, be ready in time for the opening of the long-awaited John Lewis departmental store later this autumn.’

The improvements – due for completion in October - will initially be focussed on the High Street between Rodney Road and Cambray Place and plans are linked as closely as possible to the opening of the new John Lewis store later in the year.  Investment of £725,000 has been agreed by Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council with some additional financial support being provided by the European Structural and Investment Fund.

Keep up to date with the High Street improvements at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/high-street-refresh  

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