Wednesday, September 16, 2020

News: Work to start on Rotherham town centre open spaces


Work is due to start to improve the look and feel of Rotherham town centre's open spaces next week.

Rothbiz reported on Rotherham Council's proposals to brighten town centre streets last year.

The designs for Phase One of the works on Bridgegate will provide a much needed revamp incorporating new paving and lighting aimed at improving lines of sight and giving a brighter, more modern feel to the area. Installation of the street catenary lighting has already taken place and the removal of the brick planters will open up the street to provide an open space to expand the potential opportunities for events and activities.

Cllr. Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, said: "The improvements are all part of the Town Centre Masterplan and will complement the new housing developments and leisure scheme at Forge Island which are starting to taking shape.

"We are committed to improving the streets in the town centre which will help to ignite the regeneration of the town centre and public realm works and we're determined to make sure the area doesn't just survive but thrives."

The Council are working with PWP Design and ECB Consulting to deliver the scheme. PWP Design Director Simon Hall said: "We are delighted to be involved in the Bridgegate public realm project and believe that the improvements will create a high quality, welcoming environment for visitors to the town centre."

The multi million pound regeneration of Forge Island is already moving ahead with flood defence and enabling works underway. This will help deliver the full scheme which includes a cinema, food and drink outlets, a hotel, car park and new leisure facilities.

The Council's Future High Street Fund bid has also been submitted which included plans for the markets to be developed. An announcement on whether the bid has been successful is expected in the autumn. Details of what is in the bid can be found here.

Images: RMBC


Rod September 16, 2020 at 5:03 PM  

Is it just me or is this a LUDICROUS waste of money in a town centre that is mostly devoid of people?

Pauline Higgins,  September 16, 2020 at 5:10 PM  

Just hope it helps our business because I need it at A Million Hair 29 bridgegate

Unknown September 16, 2020 at 6:24 PM  

This is possibly the biggest waste of money I've ever heard of making Bridge Gate a viable outdoor space would need a miricale, and the idea of making into a high quality outdoor space is quite frankly laughable, who on earth is making these decisions? How about spending the money on actually maintaining what is already there rolling the situation in glitter and hoping it sticks is crazy

royherbert September 16, 2020 at 9:51 PM  

Total waste of money, spending cash on new flooring and benches, surrounded by boarded-up empty shops does not create an open welcoming place.
These idiots are applying for funding that will have the same result as other failed projects they have not got a clue, if it wasn't for Hamby's the award-winning high street development would never have got off the ground, yet they have willingly forsaken the retailers and now deemed this to be a residential opportunity to be exploited, Use the Primark site for the library and scale down the market development and incorporate housing around this scheme.
Pie in the sky planning department but hey ho it's ok as its not their money!

Unknown September 17, 2020 at 7:05 PM  

Will have to wait and see, if the new paving and seating attracts new shops and businesses. Myself thinks not.

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