Christchurch Saxon Square Refurbishment0
Agreements have been completed for the refurbishment of the square, malls and former medical centre building at Saxon Square in Christchurch and the opening of a new hotel there.
The news means that the next phase – the on-site works to carry out the £4m plus improvements – can go ahead.
Work is likely to start soon to remove the existing tiled canopies over the shop fronts and replace all the external paving, planting boxes and other items within the square and mall.
It also means that plans for Travelodge to take over the empty medical centre building in the square and convert it into a hotel can move forward.
The new agreements transfer the responsibility for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the square and malls away from the Council, although the public toilets and the public car park are retained by the local authority.
It has also been agreed that the Council will have free use of the square for 75 days a year which, amongst other things, allows stalls from the Monday market to continue to use the square and for events to be held there.