A project to breath new life into Carlton Square has been given the green light by councillors.
The scheme was today (14) approved by Gedling Borough Council this afternoon – and will see around £790,000 spent on improving what one councillor today described as ‘an eyesore’.
The final bill we split by the borough council, the D2N2 local enterprise partnership, and the owner of building BNP Paribas.
As part of the improvements, there will be upgrades to the entrance areas, new paving and lighting, changes to the car park layout, new street furniture and ‘unattractive’ service areas will be screened.
It is currently hoped the improvements will be finished in time for Christmas 2020.
Detailed designs of exactly what the new scheme will look like have not yet been finalised – a consultation will now be sent out to the public, looking for opinions about what changes people want to see on the site.
Council leaders say the scheme is a positive step in improving the town centre.
Cllr David Ellis represents the Ernehale ward for Labour, and said: “We know it’s an eyesore and that something needs doing.
“I’m pleased that we’re taking a proportional approach, and this is not going to be all singing all dancing, this is still going to be recognising the problems there are in retail.
A consultation will now be sent out to the public, looking for opinions about what changes people want to see on the site.
Michael Payne is the deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council and also represents the Redhill ward for Labour.
He said: “This was a top manifesto commitment, revitalising our town centres and breathing life back into them.
“There were an awful lot of naysayers that said we would never be able to do anything about Carlton Square, and I think what is remarkable about this, is that this is not publicly-owned, this is largely privately owned and this is about – exactly as has happened with Arnold Market – the council intervening where the market is failing and stepping in to do something about it.
“This will undoubtedly make a massive difference and I’m really proud.”
Jo Davies is the council’s regeneration chief, and said without the redevelopment there was: “Concern that the are will fall into decline, and that this crucial community asset will be lost.”
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