Chatham Placemaking Project underway
by Natalie Vincent Fri 18 August 2017, 3:08 pm
Building has started on a £4 million footpath project. Having begun in June, Medway Councilís major regeneration of Chatham town centre will undergo a complete overhaul to make it more attractive to residents, workers and visitors.
Known formally as Chatham Placemaking, the project will create an easier journey for both pedestrians and cyclists making their way between the train station, the waterfront bus station, and the bustling town centre.
Improvements will include New Cut, which will create a pedestrian-friendly space linking the station’s car park to New Cut bridge and onto St John’s Square, widening pavements, installing new lighting and seating, as well as planting new trees. Work will also be undertaken at nearby Military Square and Military Road.
New artwork will also be added, commissioned by public art experts FrancisKnight, with Kent-based artist Christopher Tipping taking the lead.
With Chatham already a popular area for its Medway views, the overhaul is expected to increase tourist numbers, as well as making it a more attractive prospect for homebuyers and businesses.
Council leader Alan Jarrett said that this project is only part of the bigger plans for the area, remarking that it is: “an exciting time for Chatham."