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Coronavirus lockdown "not holding back" Whitehill & Bordon generation plans

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East Hampshire District Council has said they've not been held back by the coronavirus lockdown in their £1bn regeneration efforts of Whitehill & Bordon.

The town's being redeveloped through a series of project aimed at making it a more environmentally-friendly and connected town.

These include building a new leisure centre facility, which is anticipated to open in early November - dependant on Government guidelines - having resumed work in May.

The town centre is also seeing the construction of the Maker's Market, which will include pop-up kiosk shops and stalls and is anticipate to arrive in the autumn.

Interconnected footpaths and cycleways are also being introduced to encourage and provide greater accessibility to active travel through the town and is expected to complement pavement widening work that's taking place on the C114 at Camp Road and a new footway and cycleway on the Whitehall and Bordon Relief Road.

Cllr Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council Leader, said:

“The country may be in lockdown but coronavirus has not been holding us back.

“Using digital meetings and new technology we have been able to keep up the pace when it comes to transforming Whitehill & Bordon.

“We are still determined to deliver the town’s infrastructure and we will carry on working alongside our partners to deliver what’s best for Whitehill & Bordon.”

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said:

“We continue to support the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon, and are now working on further transport and travel improvements to connect to a wider network of upgraded cycle and walking routes thanks to our successful funding bid to the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and close partnership working with East Hampshire District Council.

“This includes improvements the county council is making for pedestrians and cyclists at a number of locations across the town.”

James Child, Project Lead, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, said:

“Work on the new town centre, infrastructure, leisure facilities, housing, and green spaces have progressed well despite the impacts of Covid-19 being felt by the town.

“We have some exciting announcements to make this year about a variety of elements of the regeneration, and residents will continue to see positive changes being made across the town.” 

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