£75 million town centre plans on show
PUBLISHED: 16:19 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 23 August 2010
PLANS for a £75 million regeneration project to transform transport links in the town centre have enormous advantages , according to the council leader. Residents can view proposals for Gravesend s Transport Quarter, which are now on display at the Town
PLANS for a £75 million regeneration project to transform transport links in the town centre have "enormous advantages", according to the council leader.
Residents can view proposals for Gravesend's Transport Quarter, which are now on display at the Towncentric tourist information centre.
Proposals include an improved railway station, increased car parking with a new car park, a new bus interchange, new homes, and enlarging the civic centre forecourt.
Comments can be submitted to a consultation at the display until June 26, when it moves to the civic centre, in Windmill Street, where it is to remain until July 10.
Speaking at the launch last Friday, council leader Mike Snelling said: "This is an exciting scheme and it has enormous advantages for the town.
"Gravesend is going places and this development will set the tone for regeneration for decades.
"The town is divided from the station by an awkward one-way system. This scheme seeks to unite public transport with the rest of the town as well as offering the opportunity for more usable space in the town centre.
"It also links the civic centre directly to the pedestrian thoroughfare and offers the prospect of new car parks with additional space and new town centre homes.
"As the high speed rail link comes to Gravesend it is right to look forward to the important changes this will bring."
Funding for the project will come from agencies including the government's Homes and Communities Agency, Kent County Council and Network Rail.
As part of the consultation, the council has sent out information packs to schools.
Laura Hryniewicz, cabinet member for Young Gravesham, said: "This is a very positive scheme for Gravesend.
"This is all about the future of our town and it is appropriate that we try to involve those who will be most affected.
"It is the young people at school today who will see this development come to fruition and will use it in their everyday lives."
The results of the consultation will be published in September, ahead of an outline application.
Work on the project could begin in the spring of 2010, and may take up to six years to complete.