Town square plans are affected by costs

PUBLISHED: 08:58 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:09 30 May 2010

BUDGET restrictions could mean that Dunmow s new town square might not look exactly as councillors had initially visualised. Final plans for the £100,000 project are currently being drawn up, but project manager John Bosworth told councillors last week th

BUDGET restrictions could mean that Dunmow's new town square might not look exactly as councillors had initially visualised.

Final plans for the £100,000 project are currently being drawn up, but project manager John Bosworth told councillors last week that expensive, coloured Pennant stone - a central theme to the square - may need to be replaced by a cheaper version.

He said: "Although we have not done the final costing yet it is possible that we may need to look for an alternative such as a cheaper Indian stone, which should look almost exactly the same as the original.

"Unfortunately we only have the cash that we do have and it would save us having to cut any costs elsewhere."

Mr Bosworth added that a portion of the budget could also go towards new street lighting at the north-east end of the site.

"We are aware of local residents being concerned about this and would make sure the extra lighting can be switched on and off as required," he said.

Councillors expressed concerns over access road speeds, although Mr Bosworth pointed out that advisory speed limit signs of 5mph would be put up at the entrance, with the cooperation of Essex County Council.

"The idea of cars and people mixing in an open space is akin to a 'living streets' concept that promotes safe driving via common sense," he said.

"The advisory signs will be clear and this type of project has proven to work in other towns and cities.

"I can see this new square being a real focal point and I would anticipate some amazing things going on in there."

It is now anticipated that building work on the project site will commence in April.

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