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Stafford’s Market Square undergoes stunning transformation, captivating locals and visitors alike!

Stafford’s Market Square undergoes stunning transformation, captivating locals and visitors alike!

The renovation of Market Square in Stafford is an exciting development that not only enhances the aesthetics of the town but also provides opportunities for more events and specialist markets. This project, funded through the government’s Future High Street Fund, is the first phase of the transformation of the High Street.

The official opening of the new-look Market Square will take place on Saturday, October 28th, and promises a day filled with music, dancing, and street performances. Leader of Stafford Borough Council, Aidan Godfrey, will be present to mark the occasion. The Square has undergone significant improvements, including the addition of 2,500 square meters of paving, new furniture, and planting. Underground infrastructure such as utility supplies and drainage has also been upgraded.

This renovation not only improves the appearance of the town but also aims to attract more events and specialist markets to the area. The success of the borough council’s bid to the Future High Street Fund has made this transformation possible. The council has also purchased the former Co-op department store, which has been vacant for over a decade, with plans for a mix of retail, residential, market provision, and a food court. Additionally, work will soon begin on enhancing the entrance and approach to Stafford Railway Station as part of the Future High Street Fund program.

The official opening day for Market Square will commence at around 12 noon. The Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Andy Cooper, and Councillor Godfrey will kick off the festivities, which will include music, singing, and dancing. Street food, drink, and free entertainment will be available throughout the day. Councillor Godfrey expressed his satisfaction with the completion of the first phase of plans to rejuvenate the High Street, stating that the Market Square is now a fitting centerpiece for the county town and will be able to host more events and quality markets in the future. Councillor Rob Kenney, who is leading the town center regeneration, added that this is just the beginning and that there are exciting proposals in the works to bring in more investment, retail, and footfall, and to make the residents and businesses proud of their town once again.

In addition to the Market Square renovation, there are other projects happening in and around the town center. The Staffordshire History Centre off Eastgate Street is one such project, and plans are underway to transform the land behind the railway station. This transformation will include the establishment of a government-backed Institute of Technology for Stafford College, as well as new businesses, homes, and leisure facilities.

For more information about the Market Square opening day and other projects, residents can visit the borough council’s website and social media platforms. This event not only celebrates the new-look Market Square but also signifies the council’s commitment to revitalizing the town center and creating a vibrant and thriving community.

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