Work to improve the main car park at Carlton Square have now been completed.
The finished works include the creation of a new entrance to the car park from Burton Road and a new car parking layout in the northern car park.
Eight electric vehicle charging points have been installed and local residents will also have access to charge their cars overnight, with no car parking charge, from 6pm until 8am.
Access between the car park and shopping area has also been improved and made safer with a new pedestrian route to the shopping centre from Burton Road. Heavy goods vehicle traffic are also now separated from visitor traffic by the creation of a dedicated service yard.
The works were carried out by local contractors, Lindum Group.
As well the recent work to the car park, the council is currently working on plans to carry out further improvements, these include:
New landscaping to the northern car park
New street furniture, bollards, bins and seats.
The project is part of a wider regeneration programme for Carlton and it will contribute towards one of the council’s main priorities to revitalise its town centres and create a more vibrant economy.
Most of the funding for the works was provided by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) who gave £350,000 to the project from its Local Growth Fund through the locally managed N2 Town Centre Programme.
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles also provided £100,000 of funding for the electric vehicle charging points.
Portfolio Holder for Growth and Regeneration, Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth said: “It’s fantastic to see the works have been completed and they will no doubt be a welcome addition to the area for local residents who are using the shopping centre.
These refurbishments were carried out as part of the council’s plan to revitalise its town centres, helping to bring a much needed boost to the local economy and encouraging residents to shop locally.
We have a number of existing and new businesses here at Carlton Square and we are sure they will be pleased with the improvements and we will continue to work with the owners of the shopping precinct to find ways to support local businesses and residents.”
Will Morlidge, Interim CEO of the D2N2 LEP said: “This is excellent news for Carlton Square and the surrounding area, and will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy. We’re proud to support this project through our Local Growth Fund and will continue to work with partners across the region to rebuild and grow our economy.”
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