Town centre facelift

Work is due to start on a number of upgrades and improvements in Aylesbury town centre.

The aim is to enhance existing space with attractive lighting and other new features.

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to what it calls the ‘positive regeneration’ of the county and, in particular, its market towns.

This was outlined in the recently adopted Buckinghamshire Regeneration Framework. This document includes specific town centre plans to create ‘great, sustainable places to live and visit, where our businesses and communities can thrive and prosper’.

These improvement works are due to start in March and will include:

* Upgrading the power supply to Market Square – increasing power availability to many more market stalls, allowing for more traders and more variety with a new layout. Greater power capacity will also provide scope for more varied and bespoke public events, attracting more residents and visitors to the area;
* Improving the lighting in Market Square, including a newly designed lighting scheme to celebrate and illuminate the historic features of the square, also restoring power to historic lanterns and lighting the clock face on Market Tower
cleaning and repair works to the statues and monuments in Market Square.
* Improvements to Cambridge Street to introduce a permanent pedestrianised section, with new street surface and lighting;
* Making permanent traffic orders in Kingsbury, prohibiting general traffic from the route outside the Rockwood pub and thus enhancing the space for pedestrians/shoppers and visitors.

Rachael Matthews, Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration, said: ‘These are exciting times for Aylesbury and these upgrades will make a real and immediate difference to the heart of the town.

‘We will be enhancing the many beautiful heritage features of the traditional market square, as well as increasing opportunity for an even bigger and better market offer in the coming months.

‘We’re ambitious for Aylesbury town centre and creating more attractive and enticing places for our residents and visitors.’