Project plans to create a large piazza style build out around the Lord Palmerston statue in Market Place, along with improvements to pedestrian and cycling access, were approved at the Executive Member for Environment and Transport’s Decision Day this week.
Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “This investment in Romsey is designed to help it thrive and prosper as a successful market town for many years to come. As the traditional high street evolves, it is important that improvements are made which reflect how people want to enjoy the town centre, while also keeping sight of its historic character and local market town feel.”
The Market Place scheme is in addition to the two completed schemes in Church Street and Bell Street, and brings the total investment in the town centre to over £3million.
Councillor Rob Humby said: “The improvements in Market Place are the third and final phase of a package of works designed to enhance the vibrancy of Romsey Town Centre so more people visit and stay longer. The completed schemes in Church Street in Bell Street have been very well received and we will continue to work closely with the community to minimise any disruption caused during construction.”
The Market Place scheme will take around six months to complete. It will include new Yorkstone paving already used on footways in Bell Street and Church Street, and the road narrowed and resurfaced with a buff coloured tarmac to help slow vehicles. There will be new bike racks, benches and trees, and new crossing points at the junction with Bell Street, the Abbey, Church Street and The Hundred to make the area easier to get around by foot. The proposed improvement work is expected to start in January 2019.