Winchester's new paving revealed

Press Release: 18/11/2009

New paving in the High Street

The first glimpse of how Winchester High Street will look next year after its facelift was revealed this week. The pavement outside Debenhams and St Maurice’s Covert at the bottom of the High Street has been completed with new York Stone.

The repaving works have now stopped for Christmas to ensure there are no obstructions at all for shoppers during the busiest time of the year for local businesses. Mildren Construction will be back on site on 4th January to begin the next phase of the work between Upper Brook Street and Parchment Street.

The stretches of black tarmac which have been put down to make the pavement safe as the works on the Southern Water sewer drain are completed will be replaced with new stone when the work begins again in the New Year.

Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: "I was looking forward to seeing how this stone looked once it had been laid down and I’m delighted to say it looks very impressive. Winchester High Street will have the high quality, natural paving such a historic city deserves; and I am grateful to all the residents and businesses for bearing with us while we make these improvements which will benefit Winchester for many years to come."

Councillor George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: "We have worked hard to keep the High Street open for business and are delighted that we are in a position to pause the works over the Christmas period. Shoppers and visitors will now be able to enjoy the extra special events on in Winchester at this time with full access, and also see a section of the street completed."

Claire Lofthouse, Manager of Debenhams, added: "The new stone paving looks fantastic and gives an added lift to Winchester High Street , I am really looking forward to seeing the whole High Street completed and I am sure it will help increase footfall to Winchester’s shopping centre."

Repaving Winchester High Street is a joint scheme between Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council costing over £2million. When completed, the High Street will have a new surface of York stone from Middle Brook Street to Jewry Street, and new benches, signposts and litter bins of natural oak and black steel. The work will be done in four phases in order to keep the High Street open for business as usual at all times.