Strood improvements enter third phase
by Natalie Vincent Wed 27 June 2018, 11:28 am
The next phase of improvement works for Strood's £9 million transformation is expected to start later this week, following completion of the first two phases, with the produce and general goods market now held at Commercial Road on Tuesdays.
Following Medway Council's successful bid for funding from central government's Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), work began to improve the town centre in February 2018 following a consultation with traders, residents and businesses. The work included aligning the pedestrian route through the car park with Tolgate Lane and installing new seating and lighting.
The next phase will improve accessibility at the existing central island between Station Road and Commercial Road. Other aspects of the works, to be carried out later on in the year, include upgrades to the road layout in the town centre to reduce congestion. The project aims to boost economic growth and provide new jobs in the town.
Medway Council's portfolio holder for strategic regeneration, Rodney Chambers, said: "I am pleased that the first two phases of works to transform Strood town centre have been completed. The works are really starting to take shape and I’m looking forward to seeing the final results. Strood is becoming a very popular area where residents are proud to live and work and take advantage of the variety of Strood’s expanding retail offer."