Changes at the heart of Uxbridge
SHOP FRONTS GET A £2 BOOST FROM MAYOR’S REGENERATION FUND
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 .
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