An inauguration ceremony was held in Waltham Cross town centre on Tuesday 19 February to mark the start of the much anticipated redevelopment of New Town Square. The work, which began in January, is being led by contactor Danaher and Walsh Civil Engineering and is part-funded by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), as part of a wider scheme of regeneration by Broxbourne Borough Council.
The New Town Square project is a vital strand of the Council’s long term strategy to deliver social, environmental and economic regeneration for Waltham Cross. By creating a more inviting town centre, the project will help boost the area’s profile as an attractive place to live, work and do business, making the most of its prime location and transport links to London and beyond.
The ceremony was led by Councillor Carol Crump, Mayor of Broxbourne, and attended by Waltham Cross Ward Councillors Patsy Spears and Carol Bowman; representatives from Broxbourne Borough Council including Deputy Leader Councillor Paul Seeby, Chief Executive Jeff Stack and Councillors David Taylor and David Holliday; and Hertfordshire LEP Board Member, Tina Barnard.
An introduction from Ian Gilbert, Commercial Director and Ed Willars, Senior Site Agent of Danaher and Walsh Civil Engineering, was followed by a tour of the site with an update on progress made to date.
During her speech, the Mayor, Councillor Carol Crump said: “I am delighted to see work has begun on this project and I am looking forward to seeing its progress and completion over the coming months, as well as the benefits that it will bring to the local community.”
Leader of Broxbourne Borough Council, Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, said: “This is an important stage in the development of the town centre at Waltham Cross and continues our aim of improving the overall fabric of the Borough for all to live, work, visit and enjoy.”
Hertfordshire LEP invested £678k from the Local Growth Fund towards the total project cost of £1.36m.
Tina Barnard, Hertfordshire LEP Board Member and Chair of the Strategic Infrastructure Board, said: “We are delighted that the regeneration of New Town Square is now underway, forming a key part of an exciting scheme of planned improvements at Waltham Cross. Our investment will help breathe new life into this historic market town for the benefit of local businesses and residents alike.”
Jake Berry MP, Minister for Local Growth, said: “This government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future.
“Our town centres are at the heart of our communities, so I’m pleased to see £678k from the Local Growth Fund invested in the redevelopment of New Town Square in Waltham Cross. This project will generate 93 jobs, build 515 homes and create a high-quality space with seating and improved landscaping for people to enjoy.”
This project is expected to be complete by summer 2019.