Works Set to Improve Canterbury City Centre Environment
A significant investment is being made into central areas of Canterbury city centre, aiming to upgrade environmental features of key trading areas.
The £600,000 council scheme in Best Lane, Orange Street and The Friars began last month, and builds on similar projects in The King’s Mile.
It is hoped the move will increase footfall and trade for companies operating in the area, and will include revamping street pavements. There will also be new road surfacing similar to that in The King’s Mile and Northgate as part of the city centre transformation package, unveiled in 2016, to improve parking facilities and pedestrian areas using income gained from some increases in parking charges.
Consultation carried out for this element of the package in autumn last year showed 65% of respondents in favour of it, while 77% supported the use of the materials proposed. The work will be carried out over the next three months.
In addition, the project includes the extension of the city centre pedestrianised zone from St Peter’s Street along The Friars. Following public consultation, the proposed extent of this has been reduced a little and will now stretch as far as the bridge.