Shopping arcade to get £35,000 revamp

PUBLISHED: 15:43 13 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 May 2010

ANGEL Pavement is set to benefit from a revamp which will see broken paving slabs replaced. The shopping arcade has become more popular in recent months, with many new businesses moving in, including The Crow. Now the Royston First Business Improvement Di

ANGEL Pavement is set to benefit from a revamp which will see broken paving slabs replaced.

The shopping arcade has become more popular in recent months, with many new businesses moving in, including The Crow.

Now the Royston First Business Improvement District (BID) company has put forward plans to repave the area with Yorkstone, the same type of paving used in the High Street.

Geraint Burnell, town centre manager, told the last meeting of North Herts District Council's Royston area committee that the estimated cost of the project was £35,000.

He said: "Improving Angel Pavement is one of the projects identified for the first year of the BID. There are over 30 broken slabs which need replacing."

Mr Burnell added that the BID company had set aside an initial £15,000 for the scheme, and asked councillors whether they could provide the additional cash required.

Cllr Fiona Hill said: "Angel Pavement deserves a complete revamp."

And Cllr Peter Burt said: "Yorkstone should be used to keep continuity with the rest of the town. We should continue to support our town with the best materials."

However, councillors did express some concern about the cost of the work. The quote, obtained by Royston First from Hertfordshire Highways, amounted to £110 per square metre.

Cllr Howard Marshall said he had recently purchased Yorkstone at a cost of £18.50 a metre.

"I think this job could be done for a lot less," he said.

The committee agreed to support the scheme, and expressed a preference for Yorkstone to be used.

They asked Mr Burnell to investigate more accurate costings.

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