Plans unveiled to improve Market Square

Date: 
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017
Number: 
17-38

Harlow Council is to give the Town Centre’s Market Square a much-needed makeover turning the area into a new multi-use open space.

The Council is looking to appoint a contractor to create a new Market Square where residents of all ages can relax, play and eat. The Council’s plans* for the area include:

  • Providing new space to host a variety of events.
  • Encouraging traditional market trading and specialist markets.
  • Installing a new play and sports equipment like outdoor table tennis.
  • New open and covered seating and relaxing areas.
  • New landscaping, improved paving and litter bins.
  • Re-using existing red planters and planting new trees.
  • Removing existing decking, playground equipment and street furniture.

The improvements will be funded via the Council’s Capital Programme budget and will be designed in a way that can be added to in later years. After consultation with residents last summer and a working group of Councillors it was decided to move ahead with this project.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said:

“Rather than just a large barren space doing nothing we want Market Square to become an area of opportunity with lots of things for residents to do all year round. We want to give it a much-needed makeover and bring it alive with activity. We want it to become a thriving events area, an area where people can play sport, relax and socialise and an area where we could see traditional market trading again and more specialist markets.

“Along with Broad Walk, Market Square is an area of land the Council owns. We know our Town Centre needs improving but this is not something the Council can do on its own. However, improving Market Square shows our commitment to helping to regenerate the town centre which will encourage other investment to the northern end and kick-start other improvements. Town Centres are now more than just shopping centres, they are places where homes are being built, where people socialise and take part in leisure activities.”

The Council hopes to appoint a contractor ready to start work by mid-September.

The Council will also begin making further improvements throughout the town centre including replacing the Council’s street lamps, new cycle racks and public-access Wi-Fi in Market Square and Terminus Street Bus Station.