The City Council has carried out improvement works on flats in Stowford Road and Bayswater Road and also refurbished several car parks in Barton as part of its £3.9 million ‘Investing in Barton’ regeneration programme.
Work on the flats started early this month with the rendering of porches, and three car parks on Stowford Road have been levelled and resurfaced. Works to level and resurface the car park in Taggs Gate at the rear of Barton Neighbourhood Centre have also started.
Planning permission has been secured for improvements on flats in Barton Road, and work is scheduled to start in April. Last August the council put up new signage to houses in Stowford Road and also installed a ‘Welcome to Barton’ sign at Bayswater Road.
The council also completed the installation of floodlights for the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) behind the Barton Neighbourhood Centre, which allow for the use of the MUGA until 9pm every day.
The council will over the course of this year and 2018 carry out improvements to blocks of flats on High Cross, Brome Place, Lydia Close, and Henry Taunt Place. Proposals for these improvements will be put to consultation to allow people living in the blocks a say on the improvements.
As part of the ‘Investing in Barton’ programme, which kicked off in 2016 and runs until 2019, the council will also clear and enhance the look of the street environment and refurbish the Barton Neighbourhood Centre. Additional funds will be invested to redevelop Underhill Circus.
Plans for the redevelopment of Underhill Circus include replacing the existing offer with new shops and up to 40 flats. The shops will be located at the front of the Neighbourhood Centre; the public space between them will be pedestrianised, and access to the green area and park will be improved.
Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing and also local councillor for Barton, said: “I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made so far in starting the improvements to the blocks of flats on Stowford Road and refurbishing the car parks. And with planning permission already secured for the Barton Road flats, we’re looking forward to delivering yet more improvements over the next few months. The City Council remains committed to the regeneration of Barton, which will go a long way in helping to integrate the existing community with the new Barton development, where 885 homes are scheduled to be built and the first residents expected by the end of this year.”