Facelift for Torquay's Fleet Street in New Year
Work will start in the New Year on phase one of a scheme
to regenerate the Fleet Street shopping area of Torquay.
The Torbay Council scheme, which will involve temporary
road closures and alterations to bus services, is being carried out following
consultation held in May when proposals were welcomed by local businesses and
The 140-metre section of Fleet Street that will be
improved is between The Strand and the Oggy Oggy pasty shop and KFC restaurant.
Block paving that was originally laid in 1989 will be
removed and will be replaced with granite paving similar to the paving already
used in Union Street.
A two tone colour surface with tactile paving to assist
people with visual impairments will be laid.
This will create a clear division between the road
surface used by buses and delivery vehicles and the area for pedestrians.
Other enhancement work will be carried out to provide
more space for pedestrians and to improve facilities for people waiting to
Contractors will start work on site in the third week of
January, and the scheme is scheduled for completion by the middle of June.
From 14 January to 19 February, Fleet Street will be
closed to buses to enable critical works to be completed. It will have to be
closed again for a further week towards the end of the contract for carriageway
Temporary closures will also be needed in The Terrace and
part of Cary Parade.
Changes to bus services during the closure periods will be
publicised, and letters are being delivered locally to inform people of the
works schedule and road closure dates.
Throughout the scheme, Torbay Council and the contractors
will liaise with shops and businesses to ensure that access for pedestrians and
deliveries is maintained.
The New Year scheme forms the first of a proposed
three-phase £2.5-million Fleet Street revamp, with the next two phases being
subject to funding being allocated in future budgets.
Cllr Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Safer Communities
and Transport, said: "Fleet Street is a very prominent area of Torquay and
we are keen to improve it.
"We have been working closely with the Torquay Town
Centres BID team to make sure we came up with the most appropriate scheme for
this busy street.
"We received very positive feedback in May when we
put the scheme out for public consultation, and I am pleased that work will get
underway in the New Year.
"One of the benefits of the scheme's design is that
the kerbs at the edge of the carriageway will reduce the risk of flooding to
properties, which has been a real problem in the past.
"We recognise that the scheme will cause some
inconvenience, in particular for bus users, but everyone will be able to enjoy
the benefits once works have been completed."
Streetscene Service Manager Patrick Carney said:
"The road was constructed over 20 years ago. It is starting to look its
age and is becoming a maintenance liability.
"The safety record for the road is actually very
good, but we have over the years received reports that people do not always
"The new layout has been designed in accordance with
the latest government guidance and will address many of these concerns."