Improvements coming to Chesham High Street
Work by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) is set to commence this Monday 20 February to make improvements to Chesham High Street and Market Square. The carefully planned work, some of which has required planning permission due to the town centre's conservation area status, has been scheduled in close cooperation between TfB, the Environment Agency, Chesham Town Council, and local businesses.
The work consists of pavement and roadway improvements including repair to areas damaged by tree roots, replacement of some blockwork along the pavement between Station Road and Red Lion Street, installation of a new drainage channel between Station Road and Church Street to address some flooding issues, and tree pruning and maintenance.
Efforts have been made to limit disruption to local businesses and residents during the predicted six to eight weeks the work will take to complete. While fencing around works will be in place, access to all properties will be maintained, with any work that does affect access to local businesses taking place outside of normal working hours. Chesham’s vibrant Wednesday and Saturday markets will also continue to operate as normal.
Utmost care and respect will be employed in making these vital improvements to one of Buckinghamshire’s important historic towns, and all works have been designed with the conservation of town character in mind.
County Councillor Mark Shaw, who is Cabinet Member for Transportation in Buckinghamshire, has emphatically welcomed the improvements to his home town, saying: "It's been a long road to securing the budget and organising these vital works, and Noel Brown [County Councillor for Chess Valley] and I are both so happy they are about to commence. We really tried to listen to local residents and businesses, and the concerns we were hearing about were trip hazards and flooding – I believe these issues will be addressed by these works, and I hope everyone enjoys, and benefits from, the results. So, please bear with the contractors for the next couple of months or so, and we’ll have a renewed and restored high street just in time for spring."
Works commence on Monday 20 February and are scheduled to take 6-8 weeks, depending on the weather. All works take place within the pedestrianised part of Chesham town centre, with usual access retained for delivery and service vehicles.