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Work set to begin on multi-million pound regeneration of Broad Walk in town centre

Business / Sat 16th Mar 2024 at 07:13am

WORK is set to begin on the multimillion-pound regeneration of Broad Walk as part of Harlow Council’s priorities to rebuild our town and restore pride in Harlow.

Contractors Conamar Building Services have been appointed to carry out the works, which will see the complete transformation of the high street and provide high-quality public spaces. The project will include:

A comprehensive repaving of Broad Walk, East Walk and Harvey Centre Approach.
Much-needed green landscaping, including sustainable drainage.
Brand new and upgraded street furniture, including seating, lighting, bins and CCTV.
Improving the areas around the Obelisk, Trigon and Vertex sculptures.
Improved spaces and creation of a central pop-up and event space.

The works are being delivered as part of Harlow’s £23.7m Towns Fund programme and is all part of regenerating the town centre and linking to the works to transform Terminus Street, the new bus station and the plans released last week to transform Market Square.

Conamar will be on site in the coming weeks to start work on the project, which will take around 12 months. Access to shops and businesses in the area will be maintained throughout construction, although there will be some disruption to how people access Broad Walk.

Councillors Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, and Michael Hardware, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, met with representatives from Conamar this week to signal the start of the project.

Councillor Hardware said:

“This project marks the beginning of the delivery phase in our plans to regenerate Harlow town centre. The area has been neglected for too long and these works will transform the look of Broad Walk with green landscaping and new street furniture to create a brighter, more welcoming town centre for shoppers, visitors and potential investors.

“And this is just the start. With the redevelopment plans for Market Square currently under consultation and works set to begin imminently on the transformation of the bus station, as well as the new arts and cultural quarter on the way, these are very exciting times which will usher in a new era for the town centre.”

Chris Davies, business development manager from Conamar, said:

“Conamar are absolutely delighted to be involved with the regeneration of Broad Walk and look forward to working with Harlow Council to benefit the local community.”

More detailed information on the timeline of works will be available shortly. You can also find out more about the works at the Discover Harlow hub (every Thursday 10.30am-2pm) or by emailing the council’s Regeneration team at [email protected]

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30 Comments for Work set to begin on multi-million pound regeneration of Broad Walk in town centre:

DEC HAN
2024-03-16 08:23:44

Just to say/ask as to the regeneration of the bus terminus will their after the works are completed be an actual efficient bus service available within the Harlow with buses actually running regularly?? Because I’m afraid at the moment the bus service in some areas of Harlow is pretty poor well very poor, surely before any roadworks/repairs/tree/hedge cutting/cable or pipe laying the representatives of said departments and council officers/officials/public transport officials, get together and hold meetings well in advance of any works starting so the poor unsuspecting general public can be warned in advance of the upcoming chaos and disruption that follows, not everyone has access to the internet for any information ( if any ) that may be posted on some website Blah Blah Blah sorry to drone on, the happy days of the Local Harlow Star Newspaper with almost everything you needed to know regarding Harlow contained in print for you to keep by your favourite chair, wonderful.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-16 08:56:23

It is clear that this administration has learnt nothing from history. Those of us who have been around long enough will remember previous attempts to "regenerate" the area including when brick planters, new seating and repaving took place many years ago, this did little if anything to attract more visitors, many years later the brick planters were removed, if only because the council never maintained them properly. Half of one side of Broadwalk is almost totally derelict, Market House is perhaps even in a worse state and until legislation comes along to force developers across the country to develop their sites or loose them, then I am afraid spending this once in a lifetime money will be wasted. The council would have been far better to have spent these tens of millions of pounds buying up these vacant sites. We all know that in the long term shopping as we know it using shops will be a thing of the past, the Town Centre needs to look to the future, one involving leisure activities and other things of interest.

Bruce Downey
2024-03-16 09:31:05

This is good news, at last some action.. bus station next. Nicholas Taylor, Doom and gloom merchant, never has anything good to say, always complaining, how everything is wrong, and he’s right….Not.

Peter Henegan
2024-03-16 09:44:14

Positive news but the previous comments are valid. I would certainly concentrate on improving the bus services before spending money on the bus station. I am much happier sitting on a bus than sitting waiting for one

Kim O'connor
2024-03-16 09:46:16

Tens of millions of pounds being spent.. Our hospital broken... promise s of a new one... and promise and promise made to the people... Our schools crumbling, wet , damp, leaking, no heating... ect ect.. Our roads in an appalling state, so much so there dangerous... Our bus services , if run at all.. Dentist,, your be lucky to see one..unless you can afford to go private.. I could go on, and on.. But I think you get the picture... All this regeneration is not going to benefit Harlow people, what would benefit people is working together from the bottom up wards and spend money where we desperately desperately need it first, then and only then you can spend money on your precious regeneration.... you like to be seen on the world stage, may be to pick up another trophy, , but this government, theses councils are not fixing what is desperately broken, and I mean broken... never looking underneath, building on and on at Harlow college, when they have been short staffed for years, same applies to schools... your government has no idea,or you councils of the poor state of affairs we are in..Because none of you live in the real world... you can put your regeneration where the sun don't shine, no point if there's no shops, or market..or services.. This government, theses councils, fix what's broken, and I mean broken.

Carina
2024-03-16 10:23:33

Thanks Your Harlow for keeping us up to date as ever. I'm getting the vibe that this is very much a council situation where they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. Unfortunately, I think one mistake they've made is only publishing the headline-making parts of the development thus residents are not being kept in the loop about all the details. For instance the relocation of Lloyd's Bank and recent closure of shops such as Bon Marchè are due to their pending demolition making way for these changes to take place. However, I only know this through speaking to staff working at these premises, not through Council communication - until then, I also felt, like many residents "great, another empty building left to fall derelict". So Harlow Council if you see this....PLEASE give us progress reports, not headlines! (Also, I must add...anyone remember why they took away the planting beds in Broadwalk in the first place? That's right....to make the area more open, sociable and easier for visitors to cross from one shop to another thus helping businesses" 🤭

Emem
2024-03-16 10:41:16

So many valid points from previous comments. I moved to Harlow over a year ago and for someone who doesn’t drive, travel has been my biggest problem. While the regeneration is a good idea, I don’t think that would attract people or businesses (most of whom have already left as evidenced by the empty shops). The travel/bus routes and frequency needs serious improvement. I doubt anyone would care so much about the look of the station. And if you can do both, then it’s a good idea. Efficiency over optics.

Emem
2024-03-16 10:46:12

Oh and I forgot to add, the bad roads…I have never seen that many pot holes in one town in my life. It’s embarrassing when it’s the first thing my friends noticed when they come to visit. I mean I see it when I’m walking but I bet driving on them can’t be fun.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-16 12:09:09

No Bruce, it is bad news, spending a once in a life time millions of pounds on paving, trees and grassed areas does nothing to attract visitors. Just take a look at Chelmsford Town Centre for example, pretty devoid of trees, shrub beds etc , but still pretty packed with shoppers. It is what is there to attract visitors that maters, an indoor market, two large covered shopping areas and a smattering of specialist shops and of course a John Lewis. I will say it again, a new theatre, live music venue and exhibition hall should have been constructed in place of Market House, bringing thousands of visitors to the north side of the Town Centre. Carina's last point hits the nail right on the head.

Peter Henegan
2024-03-16 12:57:46

We could of course discuss all these points when we have our public meeting (Dan, you want this, just arrange it, doesnt matter which parties attend, sure HAP will be there)

Sarah
2024-03-16 13:31:19

Is this the best way of investing in the town? It always seems to be a bit of landscaping here and some new bins there. I agree with other commenters, concentrate on the fundamentals. And the way this council made such a fuss about how they cleared the foliage on a roundabout. As if it wasn't their fault it was overgrown in the first place!

Mazzy
2024-03-16 14:03:48

So when is all this actually going to happen? Plenty of promises and it all sounds jolly good. The bus station waiting room is now closed so nowhere to shelter when waiting for a bus.

Nostradamus
2024-03-16 14:12:12

Hang on!!! Does this mean the Council is running on mistruths and false "Consultations"? Is not Brutus (tory Cllrs) honourable persons? I'm sure it was only in the last 96 hours there was a live online Consultation, us mugs (voters/ residents/ tax payers) were being urged to complete about development of this whole area including The Market Square? Surely Dan and his (we know best) friends hadn't already decided to go ahead and spend our money on a repeat of the previous and failed plans? Another fine mess. It's like posting about freezing taxes with the left hand and massively raising taxes with the other.

Nostradamus
2024-03-16 14:28:19

Is no one listening? Clearly not. Ask anyone who remembers that the Council failed to keep the market going and what it was like to have a market here and they will tell you when asked about this area "We want a Market in the Market Square" , cover Broad Walk to facilitate more stalls and upgrade the shop fronts. More benches and planters don't generate trade they just create a no go area with drug dealing and down and out people who could do with help centres. Bus station upgrade total waste money , there's no reason to travel to the town centre and with PAH going there's going to be and even smaller footfall.

Edward
2024-03-16 14:29:27

All fur coat....

Eddie
2024-03-16 14:31:07

Kim . Al you do is moan and moan , if they had done what you complain about , you would have moaned that they had not regenerated the town centre . One thing at a time. I don't think it's down to the local council to finance and build a new hospital , is it??

Eddie
2024-03-16 14:39:21

Also would like to mention I visited Waltham Cross Friday , they had their market there and the area was packed with shoppers, it was very refreshing to see and enjoy the market. It proved to me Harlow desperately need one

Daniel Young
2024-03-16 15:05:53

Nicholas Taylors comments are really true and to the point and totally correct but will 100 % will not be listened to.

Patricia Wells
2024-03-16 15:07:09

Need some decent shops here harlow was once a great town with m s and other good shops but no more it's a shame good be a better town we want to see a change

Martin Herglotz
2024-03-16 16:49:17

The entire time Halfon has been MP for Harlow, the decline has been clear. Ask yourself this simple question, 'name one thing Halfon has done to improve the lives of people in Harlow?. I'll bet you cannot think of one thing. Halfon has voted to reduce state school funding, while voting to keep VAT free status for private schools. Halfon has voted to reduce benefits for the sick and disabled, while claiming an extra allowance for being a disabled MP on top of his substantial salary and massive expences he also swindled his expences and was forced to repay some of what he stole. He also voted several times to allow landlords to evict tenants without reason and voted against funds for students to remain at school. Halfon acts against the interests of Harlow people.

Matthew Gillman
2024-03-16 17:22:24

Get rid of the horrible obelisk.

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-16 18:40:21

Eddie, we are all allowed an opinion, you don't like mine, don't read them.

Terry Fincham
2024-03-16 20:18:27

Am i right in thinking all those shitty run down shops from the old cinema and round the old market square will stay as they are ,its like a war zone round there

Jamie
2024-03-16 22:37:01

So many comments! Can we all be clear money awarded was for town centre regeneration so not for fixing paths building a hospital or filling pots holes! Same comments every time the council give an update, yes historically there were plant pots and table tennis tables and raised flower beds they did t work whatever they tried something to brighten up an area of the town centre Hopefully a market will return the odeon will get demolished we get an ice rink Harlow town FC get promoted and parking will be free like lake side. But until then let's be thankful the council is trying, and things will be changing but these things take time unfortunately

Chris J
2024-03-17 00:33:51

Jamie... that's the definition of regeneration. the act of improving a place or system, especially by making it more active or successful. fixing paths, building a new hospital and filling pots holes are all regenerations because they all improve a place or system. yes its always the same comments because the council keep getting money and squandering it on petty surface level makeovers instead of fixing the foundations, or they wait so long to do something, inflation stops them from doing it.

Tomasz Nowak
2024-03-17 08:09:40

I would take town of Bracknell as an example of good renovation. Everything was demolished and built again. It was a brilliant work and now town center shine like a diamond

Harlow resident
2024-03-17 08:21:29

I just want to know what will happen to old post office side of Broadwalk, flats were going to be put up the whole derelict part was to be pulled down is it to happen?? or will it stay the same druggies drunks meeting spot.

James Leppard
2024-03-17 10:54:17

Tomasz Novak. You are completely right. In Harlow Council we have visited Bracknell and been engaged with their council as they are highly successful pioneers of regeneration. Bracknell is one of our peer group councils as they are a new town set up around the same time as Harlow. Their town centre regeneration is very impressive as was they way they partnered. We have had the benefit of their counsel regarding both their successes and pitfalls to avoid.

Jasper
2024-03-17 14:53:25

Must be an election coming up. All this hot air being belched out by councillors and wanna be councillors. Reminds me of the children's programme many years ago, Jackonory. Harlow is down the pan and it would take honest people with a backbone and heart to put it back where it was. The councillors need to walk away and allow people to run it for the electorate and not for mates and favours.

Eddie
2024-03-17 16:11:30

Jamie. Totally agree with you. Well said.

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