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More than £1.4 million will be pumped into improving Burton’s Station Street as part of a revamp designed to give the area a new lease of life.

The £1.4m comes as it is has now been revealed the work is scheduled to start AFTER the council elections in May.

 

The plans will see the pedestrianised part of the street get a face-lift, with new paving, trees and floral areas being created to make the town centre street more modern and appealing.

The redevelopment is part of a joint project by East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, which are funding the project.

Deputy regeneration boss at the borough council, Councillor Julia Jessell, has previously said the project is something Burton “has needed for a long time”.

She also said the plans are set to create a more modern, welcoming and safe environment in the town centre.

 
An artist’s impression of the final design for Station Street, Burton, which is set to be revamped (Image: Amey Plc and Fira Landscape Architecture and Urban Design)

The preferred design scheme, created by Oxford highways maintenance firm Amey Plc and Birmingham firm Fira Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, was unveiled at public meetings in August. Since then the councils have been fine tuning the plans to allow this project to progress.

Tory councillor Richard Grosvenor, leader of the borough council, said: “Since its inception in 2017, the Burton Town Regeneration Programme has focused on improving the appeal of Burton to residents, visitors and businesses.

“Several council projects have already been completed and the Station Street regeneration project will continue this work.

Together with Staffordshire County Council, we are committed to supporting the growth of the local economy.

 

“We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively and delivering this fantastic project as it is something Burton deserves and has needed for a long time.

“East Staffordshire Borough Council has set aside a provision of up to £1.4 million for the delivery of the project.

“We want to ensure they are attractive places to live, shop, work and visit, so schemes like that in Station Street are important.

“Burton continues to grow and by working closely with the Borough Council we can enhance an already vibrant town centre.”

 
A plan of what Station Street will look like after a revamp. Architects have put forward their final design.(Image: Amey Plc and Fira Landscape Architecture and Urban Design)

Some business owners in Station Street have previously raised concerns that the competed work might be vandalised, especially new flower beds.

In October, preliminary work was carried out by Amey which dug a trial hole to assist in determining the proposed locations of planters and trees.

Projects already started as part of the regeneration programme include the improvements to the town’s war memorial area at the top of High Street; one-way traffic directions in Coopers Square car park; re-timing of traffic lights to reduce congestion in Union Street; new contactless car parking payment machines in town centre car parks; and repairs to artwork in and around Burton.