Stoke on Trent should start to see the green shoots of regeneration very soon!
By April, drivers using the Potteries Way route in and out of Hanley Town Centre will experience a very easy on the eye aspect which marks the start of the serious regeneration of our city.
Richard Day (City Centre Partnership Spokesman), Elected Mayor Mark Meredith, Margarat Stuscinskas (Local Resident) & Councillor Adrian Knapper mark the start of the Potteries Way project with the most shiny shovel you have ever seen!
A multi-million pound regeneration of the gateway to Stoke-on-Trent city centre will begin this week. The £1.8 million project to improve Potteries Way marks the first of many improvements for the city centre as part of the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership’s (NSRP) £1.5 billion transformational plans.
Work will then begin on the gateway on Monday, February 9, with new trees, lighting and image panels, creating an impressive entrance boulevard for the heart of the city. Works will include:
- Hundreds of new trees and hedges
- 53 new street light columns
- Up to 212 colourful image panels attached to the lighting columns
To start the work, around 160 poor quality trees along Potteries Way will be removed and replaced with semi-mature trees. The work will replace trees that are potentially dangerous or not growing properly, provide instant impact and add to the green image of the area. In addition new ‘instant’ beech hedgerows, which are pre-grown by a specialist nursery, will be planted to provide extra screening at the back of houses and businesses. Overgrown ground cover and shrubbery will also be cleared and replaced with neat grass verges.
The first phase of the Potteries Way improvement work is expected to finish in April. It will be followed by a scheme to introduce new lighting columns along
the strip of road. The columns will feature colourful image panels designed to welcome visitors to the city and direct them around the central ring road.
These semi-permanent panels can be used to highlight activities and places in the city centre. They can be replaced for short periods with temporary banners to highlight particular events, such as the Tour of Britain cycle race and Christmas lights switch-on.
During the work trees and hedgerows are to be delivered on site and offloaded from the inside lane of the carriageway. Deliveries will be scheduled to avoid peak traffic hours. However, motorists are being warned there may be times sections of the road will be cordoned off for deliveries.
The works are part of the NSRP’s transformational plans for the city. In the next 20 years Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding North Staffordshire will be
completely transformed with new education facilities, more housing, a proposed regional shopping centre and 100,000 sq m business district.
Pitsnpots’s Batman & Robin aka Mike (our new photographer) and Tony, were at the launch today, and as well as these lovely wintry pictures managed to catch up with Elected Mayor Mark Meredith who is also Chair of the NSRP.
We also spoke to Adrian Knapper, Stoke-on-Trent City Council portfolio holder for regeneration and economic development.