The first phase of work to upgrade Hereford City Centre has been approved at a meeting of Herefordshire Council’s cabinet today, Thursday 21 July.
Balfour Beatty Living Places on behalf of Herefordshire Council will be carrying out refurbishment works in earnest on the High Street area of High Town from early August with neighbouring traders kept informed of progress throughout the works.
The work is the first phase of a refurbishment project that will see the look of the Old Market and Widemarsh Street extended through to the high town area providing an enhanced walking and cycling environment.
Detailed consultation on proposals for on-street parking charges and residents’ parking at various locations in the city have also been given the go-ahead, along with consultation on plans for to a cycle contraflow on St Owen Street.
Councillor Paul Rone, cabinet member highways and transport said:
“This project is key to the success of the city as a regional shopping destination, with longer term plans to improve Commercial Road and Blueschool Street, it will further enhance the city as an attractive and easily accessible destination for visitors and shoppers.
Hereford has never looked as positive and vibrant as it does today and we need to build on the successes of the last few years and continue to support existing retails and continue to attract new trades to ensure Hereford is a regional shopping destination of choice.
We want to promote walking and cycling as the travel modes of choice in the city, and are considering ways we can fine tune parking provision, through possible implementation of on-street parking charges and enhancing residents’ parking in selected key locations.”