The northern end of Woodley shopping centre is getting a makeover this summer to create a more flexible space for traders, shoppers and community events.
Wokingham Borough Council’s £290,000 funding is refreshing the precinct, from the pavement next to the disabled parking bays northwards, removing cluttered and dated street furniture and replace with contemporary seating, litter bins and bike stands.
The borough council is also replacing the existing pagoda with a modern structure that will provide shelter, as well as create a performance area.
The aim is to open up the area to create a community space for outdoor events such as concerts, al-fresco dining and pop-up exhibitions, and make it more family friendly with extra seating that can be put out when needed.
The work is due to be finished this autumn.
Most of the borough council funding has come from developers' contributions for the Woodley area, topped up with £30,000 from the Woodley Town Centre Management Initiative and £10,000 from the Mary Portas scheme.