Commencing 9th January

Everyone is looking forward to a newly refurbished Market Place at the centre of Wokingham. Wokingham Borough Council and Wokingham town council are working in partnership to deliver this on behalf of the community.
The project is currently in the pre-construction phase and January sees trial holes being undertaken. These are necessary to physically confirm the very detailed scanning that has already taken place which showed a ‘spaghetti junction’ of services and utilities beneath the surface. This pre-construction work will inform the exact nature of the work needed, the timescales and full costs involved which will be finally considered by both councils.
The work is planned to commence on January 9th and complete by the end of the month with a total of 22 holes required together with some further tests. Neighbours on the Market Place are already aware but will be contacted individually again where they are directly affected. Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of the work but it will cause some disruption and is likely to be noisy at times. Towards the end of the programme it will be necessary to temporarily close the road outside Boots with traffic using the bus lane and buses re-routed.
This whole project will deliver a newly refurbished space, levelled to be more inclusive and offer greater flexibility for events to take place. Importantly it will also provide better utilities for the market and offer the opportunity for local cafes, restaurants and public houses to flow out during the warmer months. This will ensure that the town centre has a high quality space which welcomes all our residents and community alike.

Cllr Peter Lucey, Chairman of the Town Council Working Party commented ‘I am very pleased that we are making progress with the work to deliver the newly refurbished Market Place, this has been a long time ambition of the Town Council and we are delighted to be working with the Borough Council to deliver this for the whole community; whilst there will be disruption the end result will be worth it.’

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