Project aiming to give town a safer and greener feel

A range of projects to make town cleaner, greener and safer are nearing completion.

Town centre paving, new CCTV cameras and an improved play area in King George V Park, Bloxwich are just some of the changes residents will see as lock-down restrictions are lifted over the coming weeks.

Council staff and contractors have been working to complete the bulk of the work before the end of March 2021.

The timescale was set by central government who have provided financial support through the Accelerated Funds Programme which is part of the larger Town Deal Fund which could see up to £25m invested in Bloxwich over the next few years.

On the High Street, block paving has been replaced and contractors have been working in the evenings to minimise disruption.

Users of public transport will see a difference with real-time information displayed at key bus stops and along with the installation of an exciting play area, the King George V Park now boasts more trees, new bulb planting and the creation of a wildflower meadow.

Chairman of the Bloxwich Advisory Board, Rupert Fairfax, managing director of Fairfax Saddles said: “Even though we’ve been working under tight time constraints it’s been important to ensure the projects that were adopted provided the best possible outcome for the people of Bloxwich.

"It’s been an interesting process working with Walsall Council.”

Deputy leader of Walsall Council, Councillor Adrian Andrew said: “We’ve addressed the need to feel safe with a roll-out of more CCTV in shopping and business park areas and the town will be all the smarter for the new paving.

"If our proposals for the Town Deal are approved, there’s much more to come. These are exciting times for Bloxwich.”

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