Facelift for Cheltenham's Regent Street

Published
14.02.2017

The county council is replacing original paving slabs on Regent Street in Cheltenham as part of an ongoing project to preserve the town’s unique heritage and character.

Work has now started and will see patches of temporary tarmac repairs on Regent Street replaced with original paving slabs.

Some of the slabs will be taken from a small section of paving outside the Whittle Taps pub, which is unsuitable for paving slabs due to heavy wear and tear by delivery vehicles. As a result, many of these slabs have become cracked and broken, posing a safety hazard to pedestrians. As a safety measure the county council is laying a temporary tarmac surface and will later replace this by extending the attractive and hard wearing block paving stones that are currently in place up to the pub entrance.

This current work is the third phase of the county council’s ongoing programme of improvements to Cheltenham’s streets and will last for two weeks before moving on to Imperial Square behind the town hall. Minimum disruption will be caused and streets will remain open during the work.

Previously paving slabs from the redevelopment of Beechwood Shopping Centre have been returned to use in the area between Rodney Road and the Regent Arcade, as well as the section of High Street between Rodney Road and Winchcombe Street.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and food said: "Preserving the town’s reputation and unique heritage is key to keeping the local economy growing, as well as making sure Cheltenham remains an area that residents feel proud to call home. Safety is a priority, so as well as filling gaps in the surface of Regent Street with original paving slabs, immediate action will be taken to repair a small section of the street in between the Whittle Taps pub and restaurant opposite. This area, which is roughly the size of a small car, has been damaged through wear and tear caused by delivery vehicles and industrial use, and needs to be urgently filled with a hard wearing material to prevent trips and falls. Tarmac will be used as a temporary measure in this area and will later be replaced with block paving, which is both attractive and durable enough to withstand use, preventing the need for future repairs.”

Cllr Klara Sudbury, county councillor for Charlton Park and College, said: “I’m pleased the county council is taking this proactive approach and look forward to this new phase of work being completed.”