Progress on Hollinswood regeneration
Telford & Wrekin Council is making progress with the £2.5m regeneration of Hollinswood Local Centre as part of the Pride In Your Community programme of social and economic improvements.
The proposals were well received at a public consultation and it was agreed to replace the existing shops with the same size and number of shops, allowing existing tenants to relocate.
Work started in September with the acquisition and subsequent demolition of the Woodcutter pub to create space for the new shops.
The council has been in negotiations with the tenants of the shops and the owners of the three flats for surrender of their respective properties. The shop tenants will relocate into the new shops when they are constructed.
Negotiations are also ongoing with Hollinswood & Randlay Parish Council to refurbish the local community centre and ensure the building blends in with the new development.
The scheme may include alterations to the entrance, a small extension, refurbishment of the hall and toilets together external cladding works.
The council also intends to relocate a new Activity Hub for Adults with Learning Difficulties. This will be funded by the disposal of three existing properties elsewhere in the borough.
A final consultation event will be held 3-6pm at Hollinswood Community Centre on Thursday March 26 to display the latest plans before building work starts on the activity hub and new shops.
Telford & Wrekin Council also intends to upgrade an poorly lit, frequently vandalised underpass by removing graffiti and improving lighting and landscaping entrances.
Councillor Bill McClements, cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise, said: "I am delighted that we are in a position to invest in improving the Local Centre in Hollinswood and I am looking forward to work starting there.
"This scheme will improve Hollinswood’s links to the town centre and provide better access to town centre employment opportunities."