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Thursday 27 November 2014

£1m boost for revitalisation of Congleton town centre


Congleton is to get a £1m boost to revitalise the town centre – thanks to Cheshire East.

The grant from Cheshire East Council is a key development project designed to dramatically improve the centre of Congleton.

This investment is in addition to the creation of a new upgraded leisure centre and the proposed new link road.

Starting early next year, Cheshire East and Congleton Town councils will look to begin to improve the pedestrianised areas of High Street, Bridge Street, Duke Street and Little Street, as well as create a community square at the junction of High Street and Market Street.

These improvements between High Street and the pedestrianised zone will create a high-quality, multi-use space for occasional markets, festivals and other street activities.

The scheme will be part of a plan to re-establish Congleton as an attractive location to live, work, shop, visit and do business.

One of the key problems for many towns, including Congleton, is the proliferation of ‘street clutter’. Signs, bollards, advertisements and pedestrian guardrails all contribute to both the visual and physical intrusion on the environment. This makes it harder for pedestrians, especially the elderly and those with young children, to move though the town.

Improving the streetscape will have the added benefit of enhancing the buildings and their architectural appearance. Costs for the project are yet to be finalised but are estimated to be in the region of £1m.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of strategic outcomes, said: “The Council is keen to deliver these projects as soon as possible as a way of facilitating and promoting further developments within the town.

“Congleton has a rich heritage and a lot still to offer and we are determined to boost the economic wellbeing of the town.

“This project will act as a catalyst for further change and investment alongside a new upgraded leisure centre. It is another example of this Council putting residents first.”

Cllr Bob Edwards, Leader of Congleton Town Council, added: “This is fantastic news for Congleton town centre. We look forward to working with Cheshire East on revitalising the town centre and will be sharing information with businesses and residents as soon as possible.”

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