Work is due to start on the 24th September on a further phase of the refurbishment of Woodlands Road.
Woodlands Road is a principal commercial destination and in addition to retail uses has a number of community uses including the Institute, now nationally listed as a building of special architectural and historic interest.
This is the latest addition to previous phases of improvements which has included repaving, new street lighting, the restoration of architectural features including walls, the planting of some 34 trees and information boards.
The next phase is based around improvements to the lower section between Windsor Road and Kingsway, improving the shopping frontage to the parade of buildings on the easterly side. The repaving of Woodlands Road will follow between the Institute and the bridge and the bridge to Windsor Road afterwards. The scheme will include the same high quality paving and trees.
Paul Drinnan, Regeneration Manager, said ‘’The scheme will complement the earlier phases of improvements to Woodlands Road that have taken place over the last few years and will complete significant enhancements to all of the commercial frontage.
“Ansdell has a particular historic character and quality and is a focus for the local community with its range of shops and other services. We are pleased that the improvements have been fully supported by local businesses who are actively participating in the scheme.
“It is hoped that the improvements have and will continue to promote Woodlands Road as a community hub and important commercial centre. Research undertaken as part of the historic survey work of the area shows that Ansdell developed as a purpose built suburb with a village quality with its own railway station, Institute and range of services.
It is currently being considered for potential conservation area status and the improvement works undertaken will certainly enhance its character, providing a more attractive setting for its traditional buildings, developed in the Edwardian era.’’