Virtual meeting postponed

Published: Fri 30th April, 2021

A virtual meeting for local businesses and residents in Loughborough town centre about an ongoing regeneration project has been postponed.

The meeting about the Bedford Square Gateway Project had been arranged for May 5 but to allow time to finalise some further information about the project, the meeting is being put back until May 12.

Richard Bennett, head of planning and regeneration, said: “We would like to apologise for postponing the meeting but we want to provide as full an update as possible and we are just waiting to finalise a few details about the construction schedule. Therefore, it seems appropriate to re-arrange. We have informed everyone who signed up.”

The meeting has been rearranged for Wednesday May 12 at 7pm via Zoom. People who signed up for the original meeting will be sent the invitation details so there is no need to register again.

If you wish to sign up for the new date, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/bsvm and register before midnight on Sunday, May 9.

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.

The virtual meeting is a chance for traders and residents to be updated on the scheme’s progress and ask questions.

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