Hampshire County Council’s Leader, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “I am pleased to report that work to Bell Street is on schedule, and the completed sections are already improving the look of the area. To show our support to local businesses and ensure Christmas shoppers receive the best experience when visiting Romsey, work will now be temporarily suspended, and all road works lifted until after the Christmas period. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the traders in Bell Street for their forbearance, and I trust Romsey has a very successful Christmas trading period.”
While work is put on pause and the contractor leaves Romsey clear for Christmas shoppers, the site compound situated at Newton Lane car park will also be vacated. Some areas of Bell Street which have not yet been completed will be given a temporary finish until the contractor returns in the New Year to complete the scheme to the final high standard. Work will start again on Monday 8 January.
Improvements to the area include:
• Making the road and footway one level along the length of Bell Street
• Repaving the footways on Bell Street, in keeping with the scheme recently completed in Church Street
• Resurfacing and narrowing the road in order to reduce vehicle speeds and aid general accessibility
• Removing the on-street parking, as supported in the responses to the public consultation, so that the wider footways can be accommodated for the full length of the street
• Introducing a raised crossing at the entry to Bell Street to act as a gateway to the area
• Improving the existing zebra crossing
The Bell Street scheme is part of a package of improvements designed to enhance the vibrancy of Romsey Town Centre and attract even greater numbers of visitors. Together with the improvements already successfully completed in Church Street, the schemes represent a £1.5 million investment into the area. The final part of the package is the planned enhancement scheme for Market Place and design work for this is currently on-going.