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Market Place, Basingstoke - repaving set to begin

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Work to repave Market Place in Basingstoke making it more attractive for shopping and tourism is due to start on 28 October.

The scheme is part of Hampshire County Council's Operation Resilience programme which aims to strengthen Hampshire's roads and pavements to make them more resilient and remain in good condition for longer. It is also part of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's wider improvements for the town centre.

During these essential works Market Place will remain open for business with access to shops, the Willis Museum and other businesses maintained at all times. Work will stop completely for the peak Christmas shopping period from 30 November to 5 January. The £280,000 scheme is scheduled to take 22 weeks including the Christmas break.

The works will see the old paving taken up, the base reconstructed and new slabs laid. The old paving will be recycled or reused where possible.

Cllr Seán Woodward Executive Member for Economy, Environment and Transport, said: "To minimise disruption and maintain access at all times the works will be phased and the County Council will be working with individual shops to ensure we can work around their requirements. We have also asked our contractors to introduce working practices to keep disruption to a minimum, for example by setting up dedicated areas to cut the slabs that are away from the shops. We understand that the works will cause some inconvenience and I hope people will bear with us while we carry out these essential improvements."

Deputy Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ranil Jayawardena said: "Repaving Market Place is one of many projects we have been working on to improve Basingstoke Town Centre, which has recently also included a deep clean of the surrounding streets. We will work with the County Council to let people know where the market is moved to temporarily, and support the traders and businesses in the Top of the Town to minimise the disruption. The end result will be worthwhile - a much improved market square - backing our plan to create an exciting, vibrant and interesting area for everyone to enjoy."

Advance warning signs will be in place to alert people to the works and information will be sent to local residents and businesses.

Operation Resilience has a budget of £22 million for 2013-14 and is the County Council's planned maintenance strategy to strengthen Hampshire's roads and pavements to make them more resilient to adverse weather and increase traffic and remain in good condition for longer.

Operation Resilience has resulted in around 120 miles of Hampshire's road network - the equivalent of driving from Winchester to Cambridge - and 20 miles of footway receiving a new surface treatment or being resurfaced in 2013, in addition to completion of 40 separate schemes to improve highways drainage and footways across the county.

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