City Council to showcase regeneration programme at Barton Bash

Published: Monday, 10th October 2016

The City Council will be at the Barton Bash on 15 October 2016 to provide residents with updates on its programme of improvements for Barton.

Council officers will also hear residents' views on plans to refurbish the Neighbourhood Centre and redevelop Underhill Circus.

The Barton Bash, which takes place from 12:00-4:30pm this Saturday, is the community’s biggest annual event. The City Council will use the occasion to exhibit scheduled and proposed improvement works under the ‘Investing in Barton’ programme.  

Over the next four years, the City Council is investing £3.9 million to improve the outside of the blocks of flats, clear and enhance the look of the street environment, and refurbish the Barton Neighbourhood Centre. Additional funds will also be invested to redevelop Underhill Circus. 

At the Bash council officers will share the programme of improvement activities with residents. The first project, the installation of new ‘Welcome to Barton’ signage, will be unveiled at the Bash. Works to improve the blocks of flats and enhance the appearance of the street environment are due to commence later this year.

The City Council will display images of the proposed improvements to give residents a feel of how their community will look when the work is completed. Plans for the refurbishment of the Barton Neighbourhood Centre will also be on display. Residents will have the opportunity to tell the City Council what they think.

The City Council has already informed tenants and businesses operating at Underhill Circus of its redevelopment plans. Barton residents will have the opportunity to see some of the design options that have been drawn up and share their views on the proposed redevelopment.

Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing, said: “Showcasing the regeneration scheme at the Barton Bash, which is the community’s biggest fair, is a great way to engage with the people of Barton and involve them in the improvement works. I would encourage residents of all ages to come over to the Council’s stand and have their say. There is something for everyone in this: from the provision of floodlights for the multi-use games area enjoyed by young people, the works on the blocks that house families, to the Neighbourhood Centre with its expanded GP surgery and computer hub, and the redevelopment of Underhill Circus, which is the face of the community.”

A new market for the Barton community will also be trialled at the Bash; its success will ultimately be determined by residents, and feedback on how often it should be held, and on which day of the week is welcomed. LSD, who run the Gloucester Green Market in the city centre, will oversee the trial-run of the proposed Barton community market.