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Diggers move in on Bridge Street
10:20am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
THE sight of diggers moving onto Bridge Street could be the start of a new era for the town according to its political leaders.
Council leader Terry O’Neill and his deputy Clr Mike Hannon were on hand on Tuesday as the work to transform to the lower area of Bridge Street began in earnest.
‘Tired’ was how Clr O’Neill rather tactifully put it but with its scores of closed takeaways, pubs and clubs, the £400,000 is a massive boost for a street which did the image of the town no good.
And Clr O’Neill says he hopes the deal to regenerate the nearby Time Square - complete with rebuilt Market, cinema and restaurants - should be in place by the end of the year.
He said: “This is brilliant to see it start. It is an important part of the regeneration of the whole area.
“This part of the street is in need of an upgrade and it will change the face of Lower Bridge Street.”
Clr Hannon added: “If we are going to improve the offer for people to come to town, we have to improve this area.
“The town was bustling at the weekend for the Farmers Market which was fantastic to see and you have to offer for more for people who come into the town.”
The current work on Bridge Street is expected to finished by Christmas - and Clr O’Neill wants the Time Square deal to be in place at the same time.
He added: “I would like to think by the end of the year it would be signed.
“We are continuing to have meetings with everyone involved - all our partners, especially the market traders - to get it right.
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