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Second phase of £2 million Guildford paving project to go to public consultation

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Second phase of £2 million Guildford paving project to go to public consultation

Published at 6:00am 10th April 2019.

The second phase of the £2 million project to re-pave and upgrade Guildford’s shopping streets to make them more pedestrian-friendly is set to go out to public consultation next month.

Guildford Borough Council (GBC) is now working on designs for works on roads and pavements in Chapel Street, Swan Lane and Castle Street.

This follows the “successful” completion of the Tunsgate project.

The second phase will also include replacing existing vehicle barriers and new vehicle restrictions as well as CCTV on Chapel Street.

Better signage will also be introduced to connect the town’s historic centre and to help promote shops.

Guildford’s Business Improvement District has agreed to provide £10,000 towards the CCTV scheme.

The first phase for Tunsgate cost £835,000 with an extra £200,000 added in February this year to complete it.

The council has budgeted £1.325m for the second phase with estimated costs set at £1.265m.

The initial plans were presented to councillors at GBC’s place-making and innovation executive advisory group on Monday, April 8.

Deputy leader cllr Matt Furniss said there would be consultation with access groups about how to make it easier for people with wheelchairs and mobility needs to get between the shops.

Cllr Furniss said:

“We will do something very similar to the Tunsgate where we engaged very heavily with Guildford Access Group. Their comments were fed very heavily into the design and how Tunsgate works. We have already started talking to them about Chapel Street.”

He said among the problems identified where High Street meets Chapel Street was that the pavement is not wide enough for a wheelchair.

He added:

“The aim is solely around accessibility – creating that shared space. And by having a more at level shared space it will also mean that restaurants are able to have their al-fresco dining without having to take up some of that much needed pavement area, particularly around the Castle Street end.”

Members of the group welcomed the next stage of pavement works.

Officers are now getting a design team to develop plans to be shared with the public. A timeline sets out states consultation for the proposed design scheme will be between May and July. Construction is set to take place between September and November.

Officers say they do not want to affect the Christmas period so will halt works if they are not finished by a set time in November and start again after the festive weeks.

Plans for the second phase, subject to consultation, include: (estimated cost in brackets)

Chapel Street – to enhance the current surface to ensure it meets appropriate disability accessibility standards for all whilst continuing to reflect the town centre’s conservation heritage (£380,000)

Swan Lane – to upgrade the pedestrianised carriageway with materials that preserve the town centre’s conservation heritage (£480,000)

Castle Street – to introduce better traffic controls, signage and physical interventions to address traffic management issues and provide an improved link to the castle grounds (£190,000)

Upgrade existing vehicle gates and CCTV – replace existing vehicle barriers and introduce new vehicle restrictions, where necessary and CCTV on Chapel street (£215,000)

Signage – to extend the wayfinding signage to enhance the connectivity across the historic centre, promote retailers and cultural offer near the town centre.

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