I read in a recent press release from Richmond Borough Council that Whitton High Street is proposed to receive a makeover - totaling some £230,000.
New 'gateways' are also proposed at both entrances to the High Street, at the railway bridge and near the Admiral Nelson.
Apparently the plan is to replace old street lights with modern columns with 'safe' white lighting, re-organise street signage (including the removal of those no longer needed). New trees will also be planted, which will hopefully result in a very green, cosmopolitan feel.
Richmond Council would like to here what the public think about the proposals however, before work begins.
Billed as good news for Whitton, it is hoped that the face-lift and new-look high street will boost trade in local businesses, and make Whitton and enjoyable place to shop and visit.
In addition to the proposed improvements in the High Street, the car park at the library could have new trees planted to improve views and the recycling units will be moved. A new circular bench is set to be constructed around a tree outside the library itself. The Passageway alongside the proposed Lidl store would have new lighting installed, new trees and a new surface.
The improvement works are expected to begin in early January 2011 and should be completed by Spring 2011.
There are two drop in sessions to explain the proposals, one at Whitton Library on Friday 22 October from 9.30am-12.30pm and the other in the former Bash shop on 68 High Street on Saturday 23 October from 10am-1pm.
Letters have already been sent to every home and business in the High Street, and Council officers have met with Whitton Business Association, to present the ideas to them. Interested people can have their say by visiting www.richmond.gov.uk/urban_design and following the link to Whitton High Street improvements. Responses should be received by 1 November.
Silas Van Der Bas
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