The old paving around Market Square which had to be replaced. Pic: Trevor Rickard and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
The first stage of work to resurface city centre roads in Lichfield will begin this month. Staffordshire County Council will repave Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and a section of Market Street from January 2016, but will start the project with trial holes on the roads.
Lichfield city centre road paving around Market Square. Pic: Trevor Rickard and
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The £1.2million paving scheme was put in by Lichfield District Council during 2007 but a number of the stones have broken up, although the pavements have not been affected. The work will be part-funded by money held back from the original project. Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Based on feedback from city traders, we’re planning to carry out the 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 cracks have also been noticed on Market Square. Lichfield District Council says separate paving works will be carried out there later this year. The controversial paving has long been the subject of criticism from shoppers and traders after it began to break up not long after being installed. Cllr Deaville insisted plans would be put in place to prevent a similar situation. “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,” he said. “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 will 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.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

4 replies on “Work set to begin on first phase of replacing cracked paving on city centre roads”

  1. Before they resurface Market Square again for god knows how much they might want to think about the logic of whacking tonnes of fairground rides on there for Bower Day. Another example of the sort of vanity projects which are now coming back to bite the council on the bum.

    Pleasing we can afford to buy glorified slabs and pay for big shiny Jaguars but we can’t afford to support friends groups for disabled people, keep childrens centres libraries or youthclubs open or deliver a community transport scheme correctly.

    Decision makers past and present should hang their heads in shame. They may not have blood on their hands but they certainly should have a thick coating of embarrassment from their a***s to their elbows considering they don’t seem able to tell the two apart.

  2. “…a number of the stones have broken up, although the pavements have not been affected.”

    How about making the whole of Lichfield centre pedestrianised? I don’t understand the need for cars to drive through the centre, especially those that shouldn’t be driving through it in the first place.

  3. It always seemed crazy to put in paving like that on a road that wasn’t pedestrianised. Mind you, the restrictions they put in place are ignored so perhaps it wouldn’t make any difference anyway.

  4. The centre should be pedestrianised, with access to businesses before and after trading hours, it would lift the feel of the whole old historical and frankly prettiest part of the city centre and provide a much safer environment. there really is no need to drive around St Marys as the streets each side could be made accessible both ways for the disabled and there is plenty of parking in the multi-stories, with the much vaunted Friarsgate project allegedly going ahead, we should be looking after the historic parts of the city, not turning them into a backwater for car parking.

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