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Wokingham Market Place improvement

Wokingham Market Place improvement

Market Place

Wokingham town and borough councils are working together to carry out improvements to the Market Place.

We've held meetings and workshops with local residents to try and balance the different needs of people for this space - including those with disabilities.   

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As the hub of the town and the setting for our historic buildings and beautiful town hall, the Market Place is about to receive a long awaited and well-deserved improvement.

This is a £3.8million partnership project between Wokingham Borough and Wokingham Town councils.

The new residential developments in Wokingham town mean the town is experiencing considerable growth. With this growth comes developer funding and both councils have agreed to use this to benefit the whole community and ensure that the heart of the town is improved for everyone to enjoy.

The joint project by Wokingham Borough Council and Wokingham Town Council wants to revitalise Market Place to make it more flexible for events and businesses, and more welcoming for residents and visitors.

The aim is to create a newly refurbished space, levelled to be more inclusive, and offering greater flexibility for events. It will also provide better utilities for the market and allow local cafes, restaurants and public houses to flow out onto it during warmer months.

The main phase of the work is due to start in June and finish in spring next year. For more information, see the 2 May 2017 press release

Background

On 6 and 7 November 2015 the latest proposals for the Market Place (PDF document) were displayed following feedback from earlier consultations.

On 16 November 2015 a workshop to look at materials, street furniture and signage for both the Market Place took place. The workshop included:


Residents were able to provide feedback on this through a questionnaire and you can see a summary of the Market Place questionnaire responses (PDF document).

Pictures of proposed design

Since the workshop the design has been revised further which you can see in these pictures:


Find out more

If you have any questions about the Market Place environmental improvements email wokingham.environmental.improvements@wokingham.gov.uk.

For more information about the market and events in the Market Place visit the Wokingham Town Council website.

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