Work on renovating Waltham Cross’s historic town square will begin in January as a part of major regeneration programme for the area.
The New Town Square project is a vital strand of Broxbourne Borough Council’s long term strategy and environmental, social and economic regeneration for Waltham Cross.
The public realm improvements aim to transform the road-dominated square, currently known as The Roundel. The area south of the Eleanor Cross monument will be remodelled to promote a more family friendly place, with high quality paving, additional seating, green spaces and space for events.
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership provided £678,000 from the Local Growth Fund towards the total cost of £1.36m.
Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure, said: “We see this project as vital to the overall renaissance of this historic market town by breathing new life and vitality to the centre. The regeneration of our large and small towns is a key priority for the LEP and we are delighted this exciting work is now underway.”
The New Town Square will mark the Journey of Queen Eleanor’s funeral procession in 1290. King Edward I constructed twelve medieval crosses where the cortege stopped overnight, from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey. Of the twelve crosses only three remain, one being the monument located at Waltham Cross town centre.