A range of projects to make Bloxwich cleaner, greener and safer are nearing completion. Town centre paving, new CCTV cameras and an improved play area in King George V Park are just some of the changes residents will see as lock-down restrictions are lifted over the coming weeks.
Council staff and contractors have been working to complete the bulk of the work before the end of March 2021. The timescale was set by central government who have provided financial support through the Accelerated Funds Programme which is part of the larger Town Deal Fund which could see up to £25m invested in Bloxwich over the next few years.
On the High Street, block paving has been replaced and contractors have been working in the evenings to minimise disruption. Users of public transport will see a difference with real-time information displayed at key bus stops and along with the installation of an exciting play area, the King George V Park now boasts more trees, new bulb planting and the creation of a wildflower meadow.
The projects have been supported by an advisory board made up from key figures in the public, private, educational and third sectors who have worked with council officers to ensure that the investment from central government has a lasting impact for residents and the local economy.
Chair of the Bloxwich Advisory Board, Rupert Fairfax, Managing Director of Fairfax Saddles said:
“Even though we’ve been working under tight time constraints it’s been important to ensure the projects that were adopted provided the best possible outcome for the people of Bloxwich. It’s been an interesting process working in partnership with Walsall Council and seeing people from a range of sectors sharing their expertise. Many of us have invested time and money in the town and we all have a vested interest in seeing Bloxwich thrive.”
Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew said:
“In developing these projects, the challenge has been to meet the concerns of local residents and the Advisory Board have been a great help in ensuring we reflect those in our plans. We’ve addressed the need to feel safe with a roll-out of more CCTV in shopping and business park areas and the town will be all the smarter for the new paving. If our proposals for the Town Deal are approved, there’s much more to come. These are exciting times for Bloxwich.”