Works to give Fore Street and High Street in Bridgwater a new look and feel will start on 3rd June.
The £130,000 improvement scheme will see de-cluttering and freshening up of street furniture such as seats, lamp posts, cycle racks; updating and improved signage and replacement of dying and diseased trees, as well as reconfiguring of the raised area at West Quay, all intended to create an improved environment and experience for town centre visitors. Once the work is complete, the whole area will be given a thorough wash and brush up with power washers just in time for the fabulous Quayside Festival on 20th July. We are aware that there is a quite a lot of bird mess etc on the pavements at present. We have a power-washing schedule which means that they would normally be cleaned around this time of year, but in view of the planned works, it was felt that it would be best to do this once the work has been done.
The Bridgwater Town Centre Support Project will help to deliver a number of projects over a four-year period. These projects aim to increase footfall into the town centre, build a stronger shopping offer, deliver new and improved town centre events to bring more people in and connect the town centre to the England Coast Path. There are plans (as part of the Celebration Mile) that will see an improved street-scape on the High Street and in Fore Street, including the architectural lighting of the historic town bridge, de-cluttering of street furniture, improved signage and replacement of dying and diseased trees. The Bridgwater Town Centre Support Project was submitted to the CIM Fund by Bridgwater Town Council, in collaboration with Sedgemoor District Council and Bridgwater Town Team.
The overall £310,000 project has already secured the following funding
- Sedgemoor District Council £148,000
- Bridgwater Town Council – £35,000
- Bridgwater Town Team – £10,000
- EDF Energy’s CIM Fund – £116,070