Major refurbishment of East Gate in Harlow Town Centre
General / Fri 14th May 2021 at 01:34pm
HARLOW Council is improving public open spaces in the town centre, starting with the refurbishment of East Gate between Broad Walk and Market Square. This scheme forms part of a wider priority to encourage footfall in the town centre as the easing of lockdown continues. A thriving town centre will help boost the local economy as the recovery from the pandemic gathers pace.
The East Gate thoroughfare has not seen any significant investment since it was first pedestrianised, after originally being a road separating Broad Walk and Market Square.
Work started last week and over the next six months contractors will be replacing the existing asphalt surface with new paving, as well as installing more seating, lighting, new raised planters and additional trees and cycle hoops to improve the area’s appearance.
The major refurbishment of East Gate has been made possible with initial funding from the Government’s Towns Fund, which was awarded to the council last autumn.
There can be no complacency about the challenge ahead, the council is determined to attract businesses, support existing businesses and transform communal spaces in the town centre. The scheme is part of a wider programme of works to significantly improve open public spaces across Harlow town centre which would be subject to further funding. It is important that residents have their say about the town centre’s future. The council is developing proposals for Market Square and Broad Walk, with public consultation taking place later this year.
This scheme is a positive step in the right direction, but the council knows that the refurbishment of East Gate alone will not be enough to realise the future potential of the town centre. There will be a shift away from isolated improvements to an approach which sees the whole town centre benefit and get the regeneration it desperately needs.