Monday, 11 February 2013

Whitton gets further investment from Council as further improvement works begin


Whitton is due the next stage of its make-over when additional improvement works to the High Street begin next week as part of a £1.5m Council project to regenerate the area.
As part of the Council’s Uplift Programme, environmental improvements will be undertaken on Whitton High Street from 4 February after residents had their say on the plans back in November.
The high street previously had its street lighting upgraded and some new shop fronts installed, and is now due further improvements including resurfacing the carriageway along the High Street, reducing the amount of street furniture and signs, planting new trees, and replacing the pavements on both sides of Whitton High Street between the Admiral Nelson Pub and the junction at Jubilee Avenue and Montrose Avenue.
The works will be undertaken in two phases, with the first consisting of the realignment of the kerbs to define the on-street parking and is expected to be completed within 16 weeks.
Residents are being urged to consider some temporary parking restrictions in the road and are asked to not park in ‘No Waiting’ coned areas to avoid delaying the works and causing additional costs to the Council.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said: "Building on my election pledge to improve Whitton's high street this next stage of works will culminate in a fantastic shopping experience and village centre for residents."
Cllr Virginia Morris, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning said: “We took note of what residents said in the All in One survey which was to further improve the look of Whitton High Street and are now able to complement the work already carried out to shop fronts and street lighting. We are delighted to start these important works to improve the appearance and accessibility of the High Street and make it the best it can possibly be for residents, businesses and visitors.
Cllr Chris Harrison, Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene said: “We will make every effort to complete the planned works while keeping inconvenience to businesses and residents to a minimum. While some delays can occur due to adverse weather or other emergencies, we ask that people cooperate with the works and observe the signage in order for us to deliver the planned works and finish the project in the scheduled time.”