Plans to improve ageing street to go on display
DETAILS of plans to improve Torquay's ageing Fleet Street are to go on display at the end of this month.
Torbay Council is seeking the views of residents and businesses on the £2.5million proposals which would get under way in the autumn with construction work being carried out over a number of winters.
The proposals include replacing the current, 1989-designed block paving surface, removing street clutter to provide more space for pedestrians and creating a two-tone colour surface with tactile paving to assist the blind or partially sighted.
This will create a clear division between the red road surface for buses and delivery vehicles and the grey granite paved area for pedestrians.
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Improvements to waiting facilities, including shelters, for passengers waiting for public transport, are proposed and enhancements to the public realm of Fleet Street to bring it up to the standard of Beacon Quay and Victoria Parade.
Cllr Robert Excell, executive lead for safer communities and transport, said: "I am really excited about potential plans to revamp a very prominent area of Torquay used by many residents and visitors.
"Fleet Street provides a vital link between the harbour and Union Street but the existing 1989 layout, including road surface, is very much out of date, unsuitable for the current mixed use of the street and has experienced flooding in the past.
"Proposed work includes adding raised pavements to help protect businesses from any flooding in the future. We really want to make sure we get it right so have been working closely with the Torbay Town Centres Company BID team and are keen to hear the views of our local residents and businesses."
The draft plans will be displayed on Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30, between 9am and 5pm in the former Ann Harvey shop, between Topshop and Laura Ashley, on the ground floor of the Fleet Walk centre.
People can write comments when they visit the display. Alternatively, they can submit comments by email to email@example.com or by letter to Torbay Council Highways Department, Roebuck House, Abbey Road, Torquay TQ2 5EJ.