City centre paving
Three city roads to be repaved
Staffordshire County Council is set to repave Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and a section of Market Street, and Lichfield City Council is set to repave Market Square
In January (2015) road closure notices were put up incorrectly around Market Square that suggested three city streets would be closed to enable road works to take place this year. They were put up a year early and are being removed.
The repaving of Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and the lower part of Market Street, which borders the Market Square, is necessary as unfortunately some of the paving slabs that were laid in 2007, as part of Lichfield District Council’s repaving project, have not proven to be as hardwearing as they should have been and have started to crack. The cracking has affected the roads only and not the pavements.
Staffordshire County Council, which is now responsible for the roads, has agreed to repave the affected roads. This work will be part funded by monies retained from the original project by Lichfield District Council.
Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, explains: "In terms of the timing for the repaving works, we are working with city traders through Lichfield Town Team and Lichfield BID Steering Group to decide the best time to carry them out. Whilst we have not yet finalised an exact date, traders have told us they would like them to take place early next year (2016). Equally, whilst we have not done the necessary engineering planning, it is likely that the works to Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and the lower part of Market Street will take around two months to complete. In order to minimise disruption to the city and businesses, we will be doing the work in three phases and our aim is to keep the rest of the affected roads and the city centre open to essential traffic throughout the works.”
The project team will continue to work with the Town Team and Lichfield BID Steering Group to fine tune the exact timings of the repaving. If anyone wants to give their views about the timings of the works, please contact Elizabeth Thatcher, Chair of Lichfield Town Team, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Development at Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s really disappointing that some of the paving slabs used were not of the quality that we expected. However, we are pleased to have negotiated the repaving of the affected roads. The timing of the project is crucial and needs to be planned for when it has the least impact on local businesses and city users. Over the coming months we'll be working with the Town Team and the Lichfield BID Steering Group, to establish the best time to complete the works."
The cracking has also affected some of the slabs on the Market Square, which is owned and managed by Lichfield City Council.
Peter Young, Town Clerk for the City Council, commented: "We will be repaving the Market Square in 2015, but the work will be done in sections so that the weekly markets can continue. Our work on the Market Square will not involve any road closures, so will cause minimum disruption to the city centre."
Cllr Mark Deaville continued: "We would like to reassure city users and businesses that, between now and when the works start, we will be stepping up the frequency of repairs to the affected roads. In the long-term, the slabs will be replaced with a more attractive and hard wearing finish, so we hope people will bear with us. We also put the new slabs on display in the district council house in the coming months, so people will be able to see what the renewed streets will look like."