Traders will make a welcome return to Wokingham Market Place next week as the improvement works reach completion.
The last of the snagging issues have proved more problematic than hoped and, along with the sealing and cleaning of the site, will now take place over the next few weeks (fully complete ahead of the Market Celebration and Heritage Day event on Saturday 15 September). In the meantime, regular traders will be returning to Market Place next week and the first Farmers’ Market in the new look town centre will take place on Thursday 6 September.
Wokingham Borough Council executive member for town centre regeneration Cllr Philip Mirfin said: “We know it has been a long and frustrating wait and apologise for that, but the new Market Place looks fantastic and it will be great to see market traders back in their rightful place. There are still a few issues to sort out but the Farmers’ Market is a good opportunity to come into town and see the improvements.”
Both Wokingham Borough Council and Town Council have received some comments about the safety of the new design and these are being considered as part of a safety audit that of the site. Disability access groups, including those representing blind and partially sighted people were fully involved in the design. However, any remedial action required will be carried out.
Cllr Mirfin added: “We are taking the comments received and incidents reported seriously and they will be considered as part of the safety audit. We did work hard with access groups to get the design right but are not complacent and will do anything that is necessary to ensure the town centre is safe and