The exact date that improvement works on Widemarsh Street in Hereford will commence has been revealed.

Hereford Business Improvement District (Hereford BID) confirmed the news in a post aimed at local businesses this morning. 

A spokesperson said:

“On 13th March BBLP will begin the  enhancement works to Widemarsh Street which is planned to last around 17 weeks. A letter will be/ has been sent to businesses explaining plans. The arrangements for deliveries are as follows: 

“ONLY PRE-NOTIFIED DELIVERIES WILL BE ALLOWED BY CALLING 07880 342090 (please note the number does not yet work but we expect this to do so in the coming weeks).

“Smaller Vehicles – access Maylord Street via Blue School Street by turning left into Maylord Street service yard…..continue across the yard and turn right opposite Specsavers down Maylord Street to Widemarsh Street. A banksman will be there to help vehicles turn around and exit via the same route.

“Larger Vehicles – access Maylord Street via Blue School Street by turning left into Maylord Street service yard…..use Maylord’s service yard to turn around and exit.”

The staggering cost of improvements to Widemarsh Street in Hereford has been revealed in documents shared by Herefordshire Council.

Documents shared by Herefordshire Council indicate that despite the fact that Widemarsh Street and its kerbs meet national standards, more than £1.3 million will be spent by Herefordshire Council on removing the kerbs during the improvements.

“The 7 October 2021 Cabinet Member decision identified this scheme as an important project in recognition that although the initial Widemarsh scheme was to recognised national standards, some members of the public continued to have difficulty navigating the street.

“Value for Money – This scheme will be delivered via the Public Realm Contract provider, BBLP, who often use local supply chain partners to deliver works. 

A number of different providers were approached by BBLP as a part of the estimating process for the scheme. The Project Team and Senior Responsible Officer for the HCCI project are satisfied that BBLP made all attempts to attract alternative tenders for the scheme and that, when viewed in the round that the scheme offers value for money in this instance.

“This scheme is funded as part of the Hereford City Centre Improvements and as such is part Herefordshire Council Capital and part Get Building Fund administered by Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

“The HCCI decision of 07 October 2021 identified that the elements should be delivered within the overall programme budget.

“On 6 October 2022 a decision was taken to re-profile the HCCI budget.

Total budget – £1,309,586.83

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