Changes at the heart of Uxbridge

SHOP FRONTS GET A £2 BOOST FROM MAYOR’S RE­GEN­ER­A­TION FUND

Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

UXBRIDGE town cen­tre is set to un­dergo a major makeover thanks to a £2mil­li­ion grant from the Mayor of Lon­don’s Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund.

Hillingdon Coun­cil is con­sult­ing on its ‘Uxbridge Change of Heart’ plan to ren­o­vate Uxbridge’s High Street and its shop fronts.

Nearby Windsor Street has already ben­e­fited from the shop front grant scheme, which heav­ily sub­sidises shop front im­prove­ments, awnings and dis­plays.

Hillingdon Coun­cil’s public realm works scheme – started in 2012 – has already over­hauled town cen­tres in Hayes, Hare­field , Yiewsley and West Dray­ton, while work in East­cote is due to start soon.

The first phase of the public realm im­prove­ments will fo­cus on the western end in the high street and in­volve de-clut­ter­ing the ex­ist­ing street fur­ni­ture and in­stalling more benches and bins.

The coun­cil also wants to im­prove the pedes­trian con­nec­tion be­tween High Street and Fass­nidge Park and the busy area out­side the Tesco Metro.

As well as im­prov­ing the “public realm ex­pe­ri­ence” the coun­cil is look­ing at re­con­fig­ur­ing the bus stops to al­low more seat­ing for pas­sen­gers.

Im­prove­ments are planned to Baker’s Yard, which links the bus garage, Un­der­ground sta­tion and town cen­tre.

Local res­i­dents and stake­hold­ers have un­til De­cem­ber 22 to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion with their feed­back and ideas.

The next phase in the plan will fo­cus on the east­ern end of the high street, in­clud­ing Vine Street and the High Street out­side the Intu Pi­azza and Civic Cen­tre.

A fur­ther £1.3mil­lion has also been ear­marked for East­cote town cen­tre, with res­i­dents con­sulted over the plans in Septem­ber.

Lidl Square and Bel­more Pa­rade in Hayes were up­dated ear­lier this year, and work is still be­ing car­ried out in Uxbridge Road.

Mean­while Hayes town cen­tre im­prove­ments were com­pleted this sum­mer and in­clude the “golden disc” canopy, a trib­ute to the town’s sig­nif­i­cant mu­si­cal her­itage.

Ahead of Cross­rail’s ar­rival, West Dray­ton town cen­tre is to be trans­formed with £1.6 mil­lion of fund­ing for public realm works.

De­spite be­ing a vil­lage, Hare­field has also ben­e­fited from Hillingdon Coun­cil’s public realm im­prove­ment drive, while keep­ing its uniquely tra­di­tional char­ac­ter.

You can find more in­for­ma­tion and re­spond to Hillingdon Coun­cil’s pro­pos­als by vis­it­ing the web­site for the con­sul­ta­tion .

IMAGES: HILLINGDON COUN­CIL

Uxbridge town cen­tre is to un­dergo £2mil­lion of public realm im­prove­ment works; (be­low) RV Ralph Watch Re­pair be­fore (left) and after (right) the Windsor Street im­prove­ments

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