Local Area Improvement Works finishing July 2015

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LR Coloured backgroundWork commenced summer 2014 on the permanent improvements to Ann Street and Providence Place Gardens. The aim has been to provide the following enhancements:

  • The removal of the railings and the introduction of terraced steps along the western edge of Providence Place Gardens (the small park opposite St Bartholomew’s Church)
  • The removal of street parking on Ann Street and Providence Place (adjacent to the park) and its relocation to streets nearby
  • A ‘shared surface’ for pedestrians and vehicles on Ann Street and alongside the park on Providence Place (similar to the approach used in New Road)
  • A restriction on HGV movements through the area
  • New lighting, including illumination of the park trees after dark
  • New trees along Ann Street
  • New seating on Ann Street and in the park
  • Other changes including public art to improve the overall environment


All of the above improvements were successfully tested to one extent or another during a two week pilot project in October 2012 (part of the INTERREG IVB Lively Cities project). Over the last three years the project has been guided by a series of  ongoing consultation exercises with the local community. Work started in 2014, and should be completed by July 2015., anyone who lives in, works in or uses the area should benefit from the changes.

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