Staffordshire County Council is set to repave Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and a section of Market Street from January 2016. In preparation for the works, the team at the county council will carry out small trial holes of the roads this month.
The repaving of Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and the lower part of Market Street, which borders the Market Square, is necessary as some of the paving slabs laid in 2007, as part of Lichfield District Council’s repaving project, have cracked. The cracking has only affected the roads and not the pavements.
Staffordshire County Council, which is responsible for the roads, working in conjunction with Lichfield District Council, is set to repave them early next year. The works will be part-funded by monies retained from the original project by the district council.
Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, explains: “Based on feedback from city traders, we’re planning to carry out the repaving works from January 2016, when it will have the least impact on local trade and shoppers. In advance of this we’re doing some investigatory testing in June and the results of this will help us to plan the finer engineering details.
“Once the testing is complete, we will be able to put together a firm project plan for the repaving works, which are likely to take around three months to complete. In order to minimise disruption to shoppers and businesses, we will be doing the work in three phases. Our aim will be to keep the city centre operational and open to essential traffic throughout the works.”
The project team will continue to work with Lichfield Town Team and Lichfield BID Steering Group to plan the exact timings of the repaving works. If anyone wants to give their views about the timings of the works, please contact Elizabeth Thatcher, Chair of Lichfield Town Team, by emailing email@example.com
Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economy & Development at Lichfield District Council, said: “We are delighted that the repaving works are set to go ahead and will be working with traders over the coming months to confirm the exact timing of the works.”
The cracking has also affected Market Square, which is owned and managed by Lichfield City Council. Separate repaving works to the Market Square are planned for later this year. The city council are working to ensure the repaving works will cause the least possible disruption to the market, which will continue throughout the works, and to the city centre.
Cllr Mark Deaville continued: “We would like to reassure shoppers, visitors and businesses that between now and when the works start, we are stepping up the frequency of repairs to the affected roads. In the long-term, the paving will be replaced with a more attractive and hard wearing finish, so we hope everyone will bear with us. We also put the new paving on display in the district council house in the coming months, so people can see what the renewed streets will look like.”