Rubery’s village centre will receive a facelift this summer after funding and a plan for a range of improvements were approved.
£100,000 will be invested in improvements to the village’s public realm, including lighting, bus shelters, benches bollards, and other street furniture items. A new ‘quality charter’ for future works will also ensure the improvements are permanent.
The plans will shortly go on public display online and in Rubery Library, with a special information day to be held in the village in May.
The plan was announced in January following a 2016 audit of Rubery’s public realm. It is co-ordinated by NWedR (North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration) on behalf of Bromsgrove District Council, which has contributed £75,000 of the funding, and will be carried out by Worcestershire County Council, which has contributed £25,000.
Cllr Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills & Infrastructure, said: “Our ongoing public realm programme plays an important role in supporting local businesses and stimulating the county's economy. It also aesthetically improves public spaces for residents and visitors, which in turn makes areas more attractive to live and visit.”
Cllr Karen May, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration said: “We see Rubery as a great opportunity in the district. This council is getting behind local business because we want to do our bit to help them grow and achieve their potential.”
Cheryl Welsh is Bromsgrove Centres Manager for NWedR on behalf of Bromsgrove District Council, and leads the project partnership with local businesses.
Cheryl added: “The project continues to gather momentum and it’s all positive news for Rubery. We are building a strong working partnership with the councils and local businesses and this public realm plan is just the first step of many.”
The work forms a part of the County Council's public realm programme which aims to enhance public areas across Worcestershire so that they remain attractive, vibrant places where people want to visit, shop and spend time.
The programme has already delivered improvements to a number of public spaces. Recently completed schemes include: Bromsgrove High Street; Market Street and Teme Street in Tenbury Wells; and Upper Broad Street, the Cornmarket and Angel Place in Worcester.
Work is also currently underway at Cathedral Square in Worcester as part of the overall redevelopment of the area. Schemes in Redditch, Droitwich and Kidderminster are next on the list along with further work in Tenbury and Worcester.