Improvement works in Wrexham town centre are set to begin next week – with new paving on a key shopping street set to kick off the first stage of the work in plans that were made public last night.
The improvement works, which come as part of phase one of a £420,000 investment by Wrexham Council, will be carried out on Hope Street from July 23rd. It is thought that the works will take 10 weeks to complete.
During that time the block paved surface – which Wrexham Council say is now 30 years old – will be replaced with sandstone, porphyry rock (similar to quartz) and granite to “give a modern facelift” to the street.
The plans, which are being undertaken by Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd, also include replacement of paving, landscaping, seating and street furniture. These works follow street lighting replacement and improvements that have been completed recently.
As a result there will be “traffic orders’ in force along the pedestrianised areas, which will be closed to all traffic between 11:30am and 5pm Monday – Friday while the works take place.
Blue Badge holders and delivery vehicles will have through access outside of these hours as normal.
Shops on Hope Street and the surrounding areas will also be open as normal.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment, said: “I’m very grateful to staff for their hard work in ensuring the improvements will be of the very highest quality whilst the inconvenience to town centre businesses and visitors is kept to a minimum.
“The extent of the works means there will inevitably be disruption but I hope everyone will continue to support the town centre whilst the works take place.”
Cllr Terry Evans, Lead member for Economic Development and Regeneration added: “It’s important our town centre looks attractive for businesses and shoppers alike. These works will certainly brighten up the area and make Wrexham town centre a pleasant place to be.”
During the planning for the works it appears Wrexham Council have also gained some land they did not know they owned – with the bollarded section by the old BHS building previously being seen as attached to that development, rather than Council property.
The extra strip of land, pictured at the top, will likely be included in any of the planned works.
It is as yet unconfirmed if the land all the way to TJ Hughes behind the bollards is also Council owned as well.