Work is beginning on Tuesday (28 August) to construct a new drop off area adjacent to Carnival Pool on Wellington Road as part of the Elms Field regeneration.
The footpath, between the access road to the Carnival site and the junction with Elms Road, will be closed in sections with temporary pedestrian crossing lights put in place further along Wellington Road where necessary.
Existing pedestrian access to the leisure centre, car park and businesses on the Carnival site remains unaffected with access from the entrance to the roundabout or from the public footpath which runs along the western edge of the Carnival site.
Cllr Philip Mirfin, executive member for regeneration at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “To carry out this work safely we will need to close parts of the southern Wellington Road footpath alongside the Carnival site, however our contractors will be reopening the northern footpath to allow pedestrians to continue to travel along Wellington Road during this period.
“We are also making sure that any works which might impact on the highway, such as installing the new kerb line, are carried out off peak or in the evening and using two way traffic management to avoid disrupting traffic flow on Wellington Road.”
Cllr Mirfin continued: “As part of this work our contractors will also need to temporarily remove the Tildesley family memorial bench for safety as the works take place immediately next to it. However it will be reinstated once the drop off point is completed.
“We have already been in contact with the family to reassure them that this removal is only temporary and to ensure they are kept up to date and involved in any discussions about this bench. Whilst we recognise there will always be interest in this memorial from local people, we very much feel that any decisions relating to this should be held with the family alone and hope that people continue to respect this position.”
Work at Elms Field continues to progress well with steelwork going up around the eastern side of the site and the new road beginning to take shape to the west. The project is due to complete in phases from the end of 2019 through to 2020.
Work is due to start on Tuesday 28 August is expected to take around seven weeks.