The first phase of the Kirkham Futures Public Realm Works have begun in the town centre, as the appointed contractors set up the site from which they will be working for the next year.
Eagles Court Car Park, closed from Monday 9 January 2023 through to January 2024 or until further notice, will host the Eric Wright Civil Engineering compound. Market Square Car Park will close from Monday 16 January 2023 at 8:00am. Following the completion of the Public Realm works, Market Square will be opened as an events space, and both the weekly market and the artisan market will resume.
The Public Realm works consist of improvements to footways and carriageways, including new lighting, green bus shelters, new street furniture, and new planting, including semi-mature trees. In addition, the works will incorporate beautiful artworks such as bespoke railings, architectural lighting, and a mural chronicling Kirkham’s historic past. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and vehicular access will be maintained where practicable.
Notification will be provided in advance of any overnight road closures, which will be kept to a minimum.
Cllr Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “It is great to see this first phase of the project get off the ground. The market square and high street are the heart of Kirkham, and these public realm improvements are a vital step in the programme breathing new life into the town by making the centre more attractive to families, shoppers and visitors, helping encourage more people to enjoy all Kirkham has to offer.”
Kirkham Futures is a 4-year programme of work to revitalise the town centre, representing the biggest investment in Kirkham in a generation, funded by the Historic England High Street Heritage Action Zone, the Government’s Future High Street Fund, and contributions from Lancashire County Council, Fylde Council, and Kirkham Town Council.
Information about alternative car parking in Kirkham can be found here. To read more about the vision for a regenerated Kirkham, visit the Kirkham Futures website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep up to date with the latest developments, sign up to receive the weekly Fylde Council newsletter.
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