The council secured £3 million from the Enterprise M3 local enterprise partnership fund to improve the look and feel of the town centre, and to develop strong links with the new community being created as part of the Project Wellesley development, which will involve the building of up to 3,850 new homes. A further £1.5m is being made available by Rushmoor to make a total budget of £4.5m.
Subject to more detailed plans being approved later this year, the first two phases – involving restoration of key buildings, re-paving Union Street and Wellington Street, and adding new street furniture and lighting – will begin next year and be completed by next summer.
Subsequent phases will see signage improved to encourage people to visit different parts of town, a new amphitheatre footway link between the upper decks of the High Street car park and Court Road, and Grosvenor Road becoming a single lane to allow easier crossing.
Barrack Road and Court Road would also be due for a facelift aimed at making the town more inviting and pedestrian-friendly.
Following the funding announcement at July’s cabinet meeting, a consultation period was launched and the council is keen to hear the views of residents, businesses, visitors and people who work in Aldershot. The closing date for comments is next Friday (September 5).
Information about the proposals is on display in the Westgate Morrisons store and at Aldershot Indoor Pools until Friday (August 29).
To comment on the plans, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/improvingaldershot.