Work to complete the improvements to the Boyle Cross area of the Market Place will start again on Tuesday 2 January.
We had agreed to temporarily halt work throughout December to allow for unhindered access and shopping.
The contractor will start with new paving around the HSBC and the lower part of Cheap Street. Other work will include the replacement of paving outside TSB, Eyetech and the former Elizabeth Lee Interiors shop; electricity and water connections to enable the new fountain to work with power and lighting; and the installation of new seating at the top of Boyle Cross.
Concern had been raised that the temporary tarmac in place for December was unsightly and uneven. Chris Stringer, Environment Manager said, “Although work had stopped for the Christmas period, the site has been checked on a regular basis and we’ve worked closely with the contractor to ensure that any minor adjustments to the temporary surfaces were addressed as soon as possible.”
Councillor Mel Usher went on to say of the continued works, “Our contractors will work closely with local businesses to minimise disruption in the New Year. Pedestrian access to business premises and between Boyle Cross and Cheap Street will be maintained at all times.
Once the final elements are in place, those running markets and events will find the facilities much improved including for the first time, power on site to run electrical equipment.” The work is due to be completed by the end of February.
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