Council outlines summer improvements for High Wycombe

Council outlines summer improvements for High Wycombe

Council outlines summer improvements for High Wycombe

Map of the new alternative route across High Wycombe

Plan of the road between Wycombe and Hughenden

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WORK to improve High Wycombe town centre begins this summer – including the creation of an alternative route across the town.

Westbourne Street will be redeveloped to link West Wycombe Road with Desborough Road, as part of a £4m highways project which also includes the demolition of the old gasworks site in Lily’s Walk.

The public space around Paul’s Row will be upgraded to “create a greener, cleaner, more vibrant approach to the town centre” and improve connectively to and from Buckinghamshire New University.

It is all part of Wycombe District Council’s High Wycombe Masterplan.

Leader Cllr Richard Scott said: “With the A40 crossing between The Rye and the town centre completed, we're now turning our attention to other improvements to the public realm and the infrastructure in the town.

“WDC is more than aware that town centres - not just Wycombe - are changing and we need to adapt to ensure future growth and prosperity.

“So we'll keep discussing ideas, putting plans in place and making necessary improvements to keep the town centre a vibrant place that people want to come and spend time and money in."

WDC has already begun repainting street furniture and is working with Buckinghamshire County Council to improve the town’s street paving.

The authority is also refurbishing two recently-purchased empty units in Frogmoor and Church Street ahead of welcoming new tenants.

Cllr Scott said the council is fully aware Frogmoor is in need of attention and it was working on “short, medium and long term targets”.

The council leader highlighted other work going on around the town, including the ongoing revamp of the Old Town Hall and the continued redevelopment of the Hughenden Quarter - which will see a new base for BCC and a day centre joining BNU accomodation on the site.

Construction work on a spine road connecting High Wycombe with Hughenden will begin at the end of July.

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5:39pm Sat 3 May 14

1wycombe says...

while there are at it knock that wind tunnel EDEN down aswell.
while there are at it knock that wind tunnel EDEN down aswell. 1wycombe
  • Score: 2

10:36pm Sat 3 May 14

Shropshireexcile says...

it's nice that they are finally doing something with the old gasworks, especially given how close it is to the University and Eden, plus making the town easier to get through can only improve the town centre as people avoid somewhere where they find difficult to navigate
it's nice that they are finally doing something with the old gasworks, especially given how close it is to the University and Eden, plus making the town easier to get through can only improve the town centre as people avoid somewhere where they find difficult to navigate Shropshireexcile
  • Score: 5

11:46pm Sat 3 May 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

"WORK to improve High Wycombe"... how about sorting the damaged roads first?
"WORK to improve High Wycombe"... how about sorting the damaged roads first? Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 21

9:33pm Sun 4 May 14

geoffW says...

Any chance the BFP can use larger maps or at least enable us to click on them to enlarge? Pointless having maps you can't see.
Any chance the BFP can use larger maps or at least enable us to click on them to enlarge? Pointless having maps you can't see. geoffW
  • Score: 15

1:52pm Mon 5 May 14

piran says...

Chaos will reign based on very little evidence. WDC stop wasting our money
Chaos will reign based on very little evidence. WDC stop wasting our money piran
  • Score: 6

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