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   Improvement work to start on Keighley pedestrian precinct    21 May, 2019

Improvement work to start on Keighley pedestrian precinct

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Work by Bradford Council to improve a pedestrian precinct in Keighley town centre will start next month.

The work will involve resurfacing a major section of Low Street and the whole of Cooke Lane with new natural stone paving. New street furniture including seats, litter bins and planters will also be added.

The existing heritage style lighting columns are to be refurbished and fitted with new LED lights and electrical sockets that can be used for events.

To make it safer for pedestrians, a Traffic Regulation Order will be put in place to ban vehicle access between 10am and 4.30pm.

The Council’s Landscape Design and Highway Maintenance North teams have designed the scheme and its in-house contractor will be carrying out the work and liaising with affected businesses throughout.

The scheme which will make the area more attractive and create a safer pedestrian environment has been welcomed by businesses and has the backing of the Keighley BID board and owners of the Airedale Shopping Centre.

The £300,000 funding for the programme of work will come from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Local Transport Plan.

A Bradford Council spokesperson said, “The scheme will bring about much-needed improvement to this area by creating a more inviting, high quality pedestrian environment.

“Although this work will be disruptive in the short term, the completed scheme will provide a more attractive, safer and welcoming space which will also support retailers and other businesses in Keighley town centre.”

Paul Howard, Manager of Keighley BID, said: “Investment in Keighley town centre by Bradford Council is most welcome and we are delighted the works will commence shortly. The improvement works will enhance the recent works to the North Street area through the Townscape Heritage Scheme and the Memory Garden on Church Green.

“This scheme will certainly help us in our efforts in providing an enhanced visitor experience to Keighley town centre particularly the pedestrian route leading from the Airedale Shopping Centre to Church Green, which is used by several organisations, including ourselves to host events. This area is also well covered by the recent addition of FREE town centre WiFi which has been provided as a joint venture between Keighley BID and Bradford Council.”

Steve Seymour Centre Manager at Airedale Shopping Centre, said: “These works will much improve the pedestrian areas and make them more accessible for customers and visitors in a key part of Keighley and I look forward to the following phases of these works to the rest of Low Street and surrounding areas. I think the new Road Traffic order will also add to the improvements for a safer area for people to shop and the investment by Bradford Council is much needed.

“These works along with the North Street works in 2018 and the recently started Hard Ings Road works are all positive improvements and will help people access the town and have a better experience as they drive in and walk around the town centre.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “The Local Transport Plan funding for this scheme is aimed at developing schemes in local centres and neighbourhoods that deliver more accessible, safer routes for walking and which improve the overall streetscape so I am pleased to see this scheme, which will bring a boost to Keighley town centre getting underway.”

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