New pavements for Newent town centre
Church Street in Newent town centre is to have new pavements from its junction with Broad Street to St Marys Church.
Work is scheduled to start on 3rd October, beginning on the south side and then moving on to the north side. There will be a rolling programme along the street to minimise the disruption for local people. The entire repaving will take approximately six weeks and will be finished before Christmas.
Throughout most of the works, Church Street will remain open to vehicles and will be managed by temporary traffic signals. Existing on street parking on Church Street has to be suspended to allow the work to be carried out safely. Access to shops and businesses will be maintained, with extra signage to show they are open as usual and to direct people to existing public car parks.
As well as the pavement improvements, work will be done to include a new informal crossing facility and improvements to the existing zebra crossing.
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, county councillor for Newent, said: "Newent has already benefited from new street lighting, parking bays, a bus shelter and a 20mph speed zone around the Market House, Broad Street and High Street. These new pavements mark the completion of significant improvements and I look forward to Christmas when we'll see the real benefits."
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Every effort will be made to keep inconvenience and noise to a minimum, however some disruption is inevitable. Thank you in advance to everyone for their patience."
Newent town councillors, David Blick and Roger Beard, said: "The town council are delighted the works are underway, after efforts over several years".
Patrick Molyneux, leader of the Forest of Dean District Council said: "The new pavements and crossing facilities are the final stage of the improvement works in the town, funded by money secured through the planning process from the private sector. We acknowledge that whilst the works take place there will be some disruption but we know the results we'll see when they are completed in time for Christmas will be extremely beneficial to residents and visitors to the town."
A one week road closure is needed from the 14th November. A diversion route will be advertised nearer the time.