Work on town centre starts

PUBLISHED: 10:35 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

CONSULTANTS have started work on changing the face of an historic town. Building Design Partnership (BDP) has been appointed by North Herts District Council to produce proposals for enhancing Baldock town centre. It will take charge of implementing the pl

CONSULTANTS have started work on changing the face of an historic town.

Building Design Partnership (BDP) has been appointed by North Herts District Council to produce proposals for enhancing Baldock town centre.

It will take charge of implementing the plans which include improving the town's visual appeal and its accessibility for local businesses, residents and visitors.

BDP starts work immediately but it is offering the community a chance to express their views during a drop-in event at Baldock Community Centre on Saturday March 31 at 10am.

A link on the council's website will also be put in place so residents can record their views and respond to issues.

NHDC's Town Centre Strategy for Baldock, published in January 2006, put forward a number of improvements following the opening of the bypass.

Suggestions included a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists, reducing the amount of signage and improving pavement surfacing and street furniture.

A better link between the High Street and Tesco was also seen as important for the town centre.

Councillor Richard Thake, portfolio holder for planning, said: "I am delighted that we are making progress on improving the historic town centre of Baldock.

"Our strategy for the town looks forward over 10 years and the appointment of BDP is very important.

"Any proposals they come up with will set the tone of the development of the town for a long time to come."

BDP landscape architect Mehron Kirk said: "This is a very exciting project for BDP. Baldock has a beautiful town centre with great potential.

"We are looking forward to developing a project which will further enhance the town and believe in establishing close relationships with those most affected - that means the businesses that live and work there.

"We look forward to meeting them and are confident that they will help us to come up with many interesting ideas.


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