Councillor Paul Seeby, Deputy Leader of Broxbourne Borough Council, said “The aim of this project is to grow and transform Waltham Cross into a vibrant, thriving town centre for businesses, shoppers and visitors. We are delighted to see work commencing on this project.”
The regeneration of Waltham Cross’s historic town centre will begin in January as part of a major regeneration programme for the area. The New Town Square project is a vital strand of Broxbourne Borough Council’s long term strategy and social, environmental and economic regeneration for Waltham Cross.
The profile of Waltham Cross will grow and it will berecognised as an attractive location to develop a business and to live; with excellent travel and transport connections, and an inviting town centre. The public realm improvements aim to transform the road dominated square, currently known as The Roundel. The area south of the Eleanor Cross monuments will be remodelled to promote a family friendly environment, with high quality paving, green spaces and space for events.
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership provided £678,000 towards the total cost of £1.36million. Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure, said “We see this project as vital to the overall renaissance of this historic market town by breathing new life and vitality to the centre. The regeneration of our large and small towns is a key priority for the LEP and we are delighted that this exciting work is now underway.”
The New Town Square will mark the journey of Queen Eleanor’s funeral procession in 1290. King Edward I constructed 12 medieval crosses where the cortege stopped overnight, travelling from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey. Of the twelve crosses, only 3 remain; one being the monument located at Waltham Cross town centre.
The project is expected to be complete by summer 2019. For more information and updates, please visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/WXimprovements and follow the Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.