Urban Greening Project starts in West Bromwich – enhancing green spaces in the town centre
Published 16th August 2022
Work is set to begin on the first phase of the Urban Greening Project in West Bromwich town centre, which will improve green spaces and boost the physical and mental wellbeing of local people.
For approximately 12 weeks, from the end of August to December 2022, works will implement new and enhance existing green spaces to improve the appearance of the town centre on the Princess Parade/Bull Street section of High Street. These will also complement planned infrastructure developments and establish a path to Sandwell Valley.
The project has been brought forward as part of the West Bromwich Town Deal to reinvigorate the town centre, and is supported by £1,220,000 from the government’s Towns Fund.
As part of the project, West Bromwich community arts organisation, Multistory, is developing a cultural programme that will be launched in the next few months. This programme will include workshops and educational opportunities, with which local communities can engage. The programme will also support the development of new green spaces that boost leisure and cultural activities within the town.
As part of the project, works will be undertaken by the main contractor, Stourbridge Paving Limited, working with other suppliers, in West Bromwich Town Centre. These works include:
- The renewal and repair of existing paving along Princess Parade
- The removal of old market stalls in Princess Parade
- Excavation work for new trees and preparation for tree planting in autumn
- Excavation work and installation of parklet zones, with surfacing, seating areas and planters
- The installation of a play space, with surfacing and play equipment
- Lighting upgrades, including new LED light fittings, and the re-painting of columns
- New benches, bins and traffic reduction measures
- Preparatory works for the restoration of Dartmouth Square Clock and Farley Fountain
- Works in Dartmouth Square, including new paving, trees, bins and paving.
The new planter units will be manufactured locally, and planting/shrubs will also be sourced locally.
During this phase of the Urban Greening Project it will be necessary to implement temporary footway and carriageway restrictions to carry out the works safely. A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be in place on Princess Parade, commencing on 29 August for the duration of the works. This will be a temporary closure for all vehicles between 8am and 5pm weekdays at the Scotland Passage and Bull Street entrances to Princess Parade.
Pedestrian access will not be affected, and the contractor will be in contact with business owners regarding the timing of the works outside their premises to ensure that the footpaths in front of shops are kept clear of goods and merchandise. This is to ensure that the works can be carried out safely and appropriately.
The council and main contractor, working in partnership with West Bromwich Business Improvement District, will engage regularly with local businesses.
Councillor Peter Hughes, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “The Urban Greening Project is an exciting step forward in improving West Bromwich town centre. It will provide local people with economic, environmental and health benefits in addition to improving the appearance and people's perceptions of the town centre, help address issues of climate change and tackle pollution.
“We will endeavour to complete the works with the minimum of disruption that economy of operations and safety will allow. I would like thank residents, businesses and visitors in advance for their co-operation and patience, and apologise for any short-term inconvenience as we undertake these important improvements to the town centre’s public spaces.”