Repair and Fresh New Look for Leatherhead's High Street Feature
Working together, Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council have recently completed works to repair the pedestrian ramp and ornamental ironwork feature on Leatherhead High Street.
Councillor Simon Edge, Cabinet Member for Prosperity said, "We are delighted that this High Street feature has been much improved. The ramp surrounding the beautiful iron works created by local artist Lucy Quinnell of Leatherhead's Fire and Iron Gallery has in recent years, been difficult to keep in repair. It was letting the town and artwork down and the broken tiles were a safety issue. The ramp has been given a much needed interim repair in response to community and business concerns.
"We worked closely with our colleagues at Surrey County Council to see these works completed. Mole Valley District Council used developer contributions to pay 50% of the costs and Surrey County Council funded the balance through the Mole Valley Local Committee and managed the contracted works. The works, included removal of the slate panels, many of which were damaged or missing, and their replacement with a simple, easily maintained, painted render. The works also included some minor drainage improvements and a pressure wash of the Yorkstone paving.
"We are pleased that the ramp is now a safer and more attractive feature of Leatherhead's High Street. These works were a necessary cost-effective interim solution whilst medium to long-term plans are agreed for Leatherhead's Town Centre as part of the wider Transform Leatherhead initiatives."
Mole Valley Local Committee Chairman and SCC Councillor for Leatherhead and Fetcham East, Tim Hall added, "Transform Leatherhead is a long term project. This repair, 50% of which was funded through the Mole Valley Local Committee revenue maintenance budget, is an investment in the street scene at the High Street/Bridge Street and North Street Junction for the short to medium term, which is an important gateway and centre point to the Town. All the research shows that a better street scene adds to the footfall and viability for a town like Leatherhead. So this is aimed to boost confidence in the town."
Find out more about Transform Leatherhead at www.transformleatherhead.com.