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Town Centre Public Realm

Bell Street VisualDuring 2014 Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council undertook comprehensive redevelopment of the public realm along The Parade in Oadby and Bell Street in Wigston. This page outlines the works undertaken.

The Public Realm Schemes

To enable the two schemes the two authorities negotiated a £520,000 contribution from the European Regional Development Fund towards an £830,000 project. The project sees both Bell Street in Wigston and The Parade in Oadby dramatically improved. The schemes incorporate new design standards and styles which can be seen in the new paving, street furniture and planting. The transformation has also created pedestrian spaces that are safe and free from un-needed clutter. As well as the entrance to Bell Street, Leicestershire County Council will be resurfacing the road surface along The Parade in Oadby. To ensure that the traders within Oadby town centre are not affected by further works over the Christmas trading period the resurfacing is due to take place during spring 2015.

The project not only makes the two centres of Wigston and Oadby more aesthetically pleasing to residents and visitors alike but ensures the centres continue to attract economic investment by widening the range of shops and facilities available. To gain the financial contribution from the European Regional Development Fund, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council committed a £320,000 match, split £118,000 and £192,000 respectively.

ERDF logoThe project comprises one of the first major projects in implementing the Oadby and Wigston Town Centres Action Plan and has been designed in compliance with the Borough's Public Realm Strategy.

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