Makeover set to boost Waterlooville town centre’s trade

PLANS An artist's impression of how the development will look

PLANS An artist's impression of how the development will look

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WATERLOOVILLE town centre is set for a £700,000 revamp.

Havant Borough Council has unveiled plans to spruce up the northern end of the precinct with new paving, landscaping, street furniture and lamp posts.

Traders today welcomed the makeover – which is finally going ahead after years of waiting.

The work was set to be done using cash from a £3.3m government grant, which was given to the council in 2004 to spruce up the borough.

But refurbishing the northern section of the precinct has been stalled because there was not enough cash left to finish off the work.

The council now has enough money after a cash injection of £343,000 from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire.

Rosemary Wilson, chairman of Waterlooville Business Association, said: ‘It’s brilliant, it’s about time.

‘We have been waiting a long time for that end to be tidied up.’

The council also plans to remove the broken fountain.

Julie Boschi, senior landscape architect, said: ‘It’s important we see what residents think of the plans for this important community area in Waterlooville.

‘The improvements suggested will benefit people of all ages and will provide greater flexibility to the town centre.’

A public exhibition takes place in the precinct on May 12 from 1pm to 4pm and May 13 from 10am to 1pm.

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