Work on Kidderminster Town Centre’s public spaces will be substantially complete by the end of October.
Despite delays to the completion of paved areas and the installation of new street furniture and lighting, the work is now virtually complete and is being appreciated by shoppers and visitors to the town.
Cllr Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said
“Following the disappointment of the original works in Exchange Street that had to be re-done, the Deputy Leader of the Council and I met with senior representatives of our contractor, Caseys. I articulated in the strongest possible terms on behalf of residents and businesses my frustration at the considerable delay. We had a very productive meeting and both parties were able to have a frank dialogue about the delays to completing the works and I’m very pleased to be able to report that the works are substantially complete now and Caseys are undertaking the final ‘snagging’ work”.
Mike Cafferky Operations Director of Caseys, said,
“We do understand the frustrations of the Council and residents and we have done everything we can as work has progressed to address these concerns. It is unfortunate that the works have taken longer than we would all have liked and we understand the impact the delays have had on the day to day operation of the town centre and its businesses.
"However, we hope people are pleased with the final result. The open area outside the Town Hall is already proving to be a popular meeting place and the new seating is getting plenty of use!”
Cllr Ian Hardiman, Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Regeneration explained:
“In partnership with Worcestershire County Council we have invested £2m in the public realm works in Kidderminster and we’re pleased and relieved that the work is nearing completion and that that we can now see what the significant investment looks like. We are pleased that the brighter, cleaner spaces are clear to see and that residents have a town centre to be proud of. The next focus of attention is the regeneration project to re-open Worcester Street to traffic.”
Before public realm work started
After public realm work carried out