New-look squares to host entertainment and events

25 Sep 2017

Two new-look town squares were formally opened by Stevenage Borough Council on Saturday, after refurbishment work ahead of major regeneration.

The public spaces feature Robinia trees, granite seating, feature lighting, paving and shrubs.

John Gardner, the Deputy Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, gave a speech before the opening, with the council leader Sharon Taylor and the Mayor of Stevenage Pam Stuart, at a family fun day.

Forum Square, outside Barclays Bank, is to be the town centre’s main event space, with a busy programme planned for half-term by the Town Centre Manager, Tina Benson. A second square, outside the Westgate Centre/Costa Coffee has also been updated.

Cllr Gardner said: “It’s wonderful to see these public squares brightened up with new trees and lighting, and plenty of places to sit. They will provide a great backdrop for some of the events our new Town Centre Manager is bringing to Stevenage.

“With new homes being built on Park Place and new shops opening, we’re already starting to see a difference in our town centre and I look forward to further developments.”

The council will undertake further public space enhancements next year, while large- scale regeneration plans progress.

Early next year the council will announce the successful bidder to take forward the first major phase of town centre redevelopment – SG1. This covers the existing library, town square and bus station, and will include new shops, housing, restaurants and bars as well as new health facilities and a library fit for 21st century living.