Work to renovate Eagle Square in Arnold will begin this week. The works will take four weeks to complete and is part of Gedling Borough Council’s plans to improve Arnold town centre.
The work is being carried out by Alliance Consulting Solutions and will involve the removal of the brick planter that currently blocks the view of some shops on Front Street and the installation of new lighting and new trees. The new open-space design will turn the square into an area for shoppers to enjoy a break, entertainment and events. The square will also be easier to access with level flooring and circular seating that can be removed for events.
The new square will host the Arnold Christmas Market with thousands of people expected to attend the event, which will be held on the 23 & 24 November.
The improvements to the square, which is expected to cost around £73,000, is the second recent major investment in Arnold Town Centre following the council’s announcement back in July that they had purchased Arnold Market.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said;
“The works taking place on Eagle Square and the purchase of Arnold Market is part of the promise we made to residents to improve Arnold town centre. We want to bring some life back into the high street and the improved square will open up many opportunities. The bigger space will make this year’s Christmas Market even better than last year. There are also plans to use the space for entertainment and events, something I’m sure people shopping in Arnold will enjoy when they visit the town centre.”
The square will be expected to be finished by mid-October and businesses around the area will be open as usual whist the works are carried out. Consultation on the improvements took place earlier in the year and 340 residents and businesses had their say on the plans which were used to help create the final design.