IMPROVEMENT works will continue in Stratford town centre this month.
Further highways maintenance will see the resurfacing of footpaths and paving in Wood Street.
It follows on from a series of resurfacing works which so far have included the paving and highways in Bridge Street and High Street.
The paving on Wood Street has seen a lot of wear and tear over recent years, including damage caused by delivery vehicles.
The new paving uses smaller slabs and a more robust material and is designed to withstand the pressure of the heavy goods vehicles. It aims to reduce the disruption, need for continuous repairs and unnecessary costs.
The work is due to begin on the week beginning January 17.
Warwickshire County Council has assured access to businesses will be maintained at all times.
Wood Street will close for around four weeks, before adopting a one-way system for the remainder of the scheme – further five or six weeks. Buses will be stopping on Guild Street, where traffic will be diverted to. The taxis that use the rank and bays on Wood Street will also be moved.
Warwickshire county councillors Jenny Fradgley and Kate Rolfe used their delegated councillor budget to fund the initial two phases of work on Bridge Street and High Street. The scheme is also fully supported by Coun Tim Sinclair.
The trio has been working with county council officers to ensure the paving in the town’s historic quarter is safe, fit for purpose and in line with the town’s aesthetic.
Coun Sinclair said: “I was very pleased to join Couns Rolfe and Fradgley in pursuing the continuation of these vital works and I am delighted that the third phase is due to commence soon.
“Wood Street is a key area in the town with a strong business community and is well used by locals and tourists. I am delighted that the Phase three works are due to commence soon. Wood Street is a key area in the town with a strong business community and is well used by locals and tourists.
“The paving will help to ensure the safety of all who live on Wood Street or use the businesses while reducing the presence and associated costs and disruption of maintenance crews.”
Coun Rolfe assured businesses and residents had been given advanced warning of the works and that works had been planned to keep disruption to a minimum.