Agenda item

Weybridge Streetscape Improvement

Decision:

RESOLVED that funding of up to £6,000 from the Corporate Initiatives Revenue Budget be approved to undertake the site survey and design stage of the Elmbridge Road – Ship Yard streetscape project.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: All)

 

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate Development introduced the item and reminded Members that the Council was committed to supporting the local economy, businesses and town centres through the Enterprise Elmbridge Action Plan 2015-2017 and the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund.

 

The Cabinet noted that over the past 12 months, the Council had worked closely with the Weybridge Town Business Group to develop a co-ordinated programme of events, environmental improvements and community initiatives to support the vitality and viability of the town centre.

 

Feedback from the town centre businesses and stakeholders had highlighted a range of issues and opportunities to deliver improvements to key sites within Weybridge town centre that would act as a catalyst to re-energise the town for shoppers, businesses and visitors.

 

The Portfolio Holder advised that the Elmgrove Road to Ship Yard streetscape project aimed to create a small plaza as a focal point in the High Street through an improvement scheme.  There was scope to declutter, renew and reimagine the space for events and performances, with a wide carriageway offering the opportunity to expand the pavement.  The project would be developed in two phases to allow progress as and when funding had been identified.  Phase one would provide some of the decluttering and environmental improvements whilst phase two would deliver the pavement widening for a flexible future event space.

 

The Cabinet noted the outline costs to initiate the site survey and design elements of the project together with the potential future costs of decluttering the elements in phase one, where known, which equated to £15,051.80 plus VAT.  In order to initiate the project a sum of up to £6,000 was required which it was proposed would be funded through the Corporate Initiatives Revenue Budget.

 

One Member, who was a Weybridge Riverside Ward Councillor, welcomed the project which he felt would be a great improvement for Weybridge.  He thanked the Economic Development Officer for all his work in this regard.

 

As part of the discussion, one Member raised concern that as part of the decluttering of the area, an APC toilet would be removed, however, whilst this was a concern, it was noted that there was another public convenience close-by.

 

The Cabinet noted that once the outline project had been costed, funding bids for implementation could be sought through a Community Infrastructure Levy bid.

 

RESOLVED that funding of up to £6,000 from the Corporate Initiatives Revenue Budget be approved to undertake the site survey and design stage of the Elmbridge Road – Ship Yard streetscape project.

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