Ashford’s Shared Space scheme is set to receive a makeover to fix problems with the paving.
Ashford’s Joint Transportation Board will receive an update on the scheme on March 10.
Letters are going out to businesses and residents directly affected by the works.
They are due to start on Tuesday, May 26 and last up until the end of October for what will be a permanent fix to issues that have arisen since the Shared Space scheme was completed in November 2008.
The works, replacing broken and crumbling slabs, will affect the Shared Space scheme from the bottom of Bank Street leading up to the corner of Tufton Street on the corner of the TSB.
John Burr, Kent County Council’s Director of Highways, Transportation and Waste, said: “These essential works will mean Bank Street no longer suffers from cracked pavements, caused by vehicles driving over the paving surface.
“Our main purpose for these works is to ensure that Ashford’s Shared Space scheme remains an attractive place for residents, businesses and visitors stimulating growth and opening up the town centre.
“We aim to have these works finish before the Christmas period begins for businesses and whilst we understand these works may be disruptive, we are doing everything to minimise this and will be in contact with them as each of the three phases, from the bottom of Bank Street up to Tufton Street, progresses.”
The Flume artwork which runs along Bank Street will be removed and replaced with granite paving slabs to match the rest of the scheme.
The Flume along Elwick Road will remain in place as it has not endured damage from vehicles.
The laminated slabs that were used to produce the feature are the source of the majority of damage leading to the necessary works and will be recycled into hard-core.
The replacement granite slabs will this time be laid on a bed of mortar rather than a sand base which will provide a durable base and allow for proper cleaning of the slabs, an issue that adversely affected the previous design.
Bus stops will be moved from Bank Street and relocated to Vicarage Lane for the duration of the project.
Taxi ranks will be relocated to Elwick Square during the first phase and will return to their normal place for the remainder of the scheme.
The plans will be displayed in due course within the Ashford Gateway Plus.
What is KCC planning to do?
Replace the existing paving on the eastern side of Elwick Road, Bank Street and part of Tufton Street with a new granite surface designed to withstand vehicle loadings that have caused damage in the past.
Why do this work?
We want to improve the condition of the paving on the eastern side of Elwick Road, Bank Street and part of Tufton Street, ensuring its durability into the future.
How will KCC carry out the works and how will it affect you?
The works will be carried out in three phases, designed to minimise the effect on local businesses, ensuring that deliveries will be able to continue during the works. Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained with works outside the entrances being carried out, where possible, when the shops are closed.
KCC is talking to businesses to find out what we need to do to keep them trading throughout this period and informing residents about what we are doing.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
When will the work start and how long will it take?
Works are scheduled to begin on May 26 and are expected to be completed by the end of October.
How to contact KCC?
If you have an enquiry about any aspects of the roadworks, call us on 03000 418181, or you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org