Virtual meeting for traders and residents about Bedford Square project

Published: Fri 23rd April, 2021

A virtual meeting is being held for local businesses and residents in Loughborough town centre about an ongoing regeneration project.

Charnwood Borough Council appointed Fitzgerald Contractors Ltd to undertake the work on the Bedford Square Gateway Project, which started in January and will run until the autumn.

A virtual meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 5 at 7pm for local businesses and residents so they can be updated on the progress of construction works and ask questions.

Richard Bennett, head of planning and regeneration at the Council, said: “With our contractor Fitzgerald’s, we have already been communicating directly with local businesses and residents through letters, email updates and on-site itself.

“This meeting builds upon that work to make sure we are informing people about the progress of the scheme and to engage with them so we can tackle any issues that arise as efficiently as possible.

 “The scheme was always going to cause some disruption, but we want to work with local businesses and residents to mitigate that disruption. When the scheme is complete, the area is going to be far more attractive to visitors.”

The meeting is being held using Zoom. Sign up for the meeting.

Once you have signed up, an invite to the Zoom session will be sent to you. The deadline to sign up is midnight on Monday, May 3

The Bedford Square Gateway Project is a regeneration project for Bedford Square, Ward’s End and Devonshire Square. It will see footpaths widened and re-paved to create a high-quality and attractive street scene which will showcase the area’s distinct character and heritage. Character street lighting and furniture will also be added and more of the area will be on one level making it more accessible.

A large open space in Devonshire Square will be created to host events and markets, the scheme also retains parking and maintains traffic flow in the area.

The scheme also includes improved pedestrian access and lighting to link Devonshire Square and Granby Street Car Park via Devonshire Lane. New pedestrian crossings will be added to improve safety and overall, the amount of paved area for pedestrians will increase by nearly a third.

The project is being funded by the Council and a grant from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

For more information, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/bedfordsquare2021