Councillors agree main-square refurb

Fri 21 September 2012, 3:13 pm

Reading's Town Hall Square is set to undergo a £450,000 refurbishment early next year as part of major scheme to further improve one of the town's key landmarks.

New paving, seating, and streetlights will be installed, while a London Plane tree - which has roots disturbing the surrounding pavement - will be removed.

Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s regeneration lead, said the removal of the tree was vital to prevent further damage to the new paving.

“The council plans to replace it with a new eight-metre tall London Plane in the exact same location and in a suitably constructed tree pit,” he said.

“It is expected that the new London Plane would establish quickly and over time attain a significant size similar to the current tree, which is 12-15 metres in height. All other trees in the square would be retained.”

The council said it would use “high quality mid-grey concrete block” that matched  those being used in the new Reading Station redevelopment for the main upgrade work on the square. When the improvements are complete, the area will have disabled-friendly level access.

Reading's Traffic Management Advisory Panel last week gave their backing to the scheme, which is being paid for from the authority’s £20 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

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