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Bracknell Forest Council started preparatory work on the road closures and changes in 2013 and the Secretary of State gave permission for The Ring to be modified in the autumn.
Now that the behind-the-scenes work and permission have been completed, the work can
move forward meaning drivers and other road-users will notice several changes to the town centres roads over the next few months. The work will be carried out by Bracknell Regeneration Partnership and will cost around 5m.
The planned highway works will put in place
the changes to allow The Ring to be closed from its junction with High Street round to the entrance to the Easthampstead House car park so the land can be included in the site for the new development.
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Work on Bracknell town centres roads to enable the towns regeneration has started. This work is the next major step in redevelopment and will pave the way for the start of the main works to build the new shops, restaurants and cinema complex later this year.
Next phase of town centre regeneration started
An artists impression of the view across what is now The Ring into the new town centre. Credit: BRP
Bracknell Young Gamers Club launched
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The Bracknell Young Gamers (BYG) Club opened its doors to all games enthusiasts aged between 12 and 15 and is encouraging more young people to join in the fun.
The club will run every Friday at NRG at Coopers Hill from 6.30pm to 9.30 pm, anyone aged 12 to 15 can join and it costs just 2 per session, which helps to pay for new games.
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Bracknell Forest youngsters who have a passion for all types of games from traditional games like Monopoly to the new generation of games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket-to-Ride or Citadels, can join a new club.
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Council tax frozen for fourth year and plans for two more freezesBracknell Forest Council has for many years set one of the lowest council tax rates in the country. Local residents will continue to benefit from this as the council decided in February to freeze its part of council tax for the fourth year in a row, whilst investing more than 10m in new school places and improving existing school facilities.
The council has already announced that it intends to freeze council tax for a further two years.
To prevent the council tax being increased, savings of 4m had to be made to balance the budget. These savings mainly came by further increasing efficiency and reducing back office costs, whilst ensuring that the ever increasing demand for council services was met.
By securing funding from government and looking closely at every penny spent, the council has not only frozen tax but, also has planned to spend an extra 10m on schools and an extra 5.6m on improving the boroughs roads. The council is also providing money to meet the increasing need for services from older people and vulnerable children.
Bracknell Forest Councils executive member for transformation and finance Cllr Alan Ward said: The council has long had an enviable reputation as one of the most efficient and effective in the country. In these tough times it is vitally important that we support our local residents, which is why Im proud to say for the fourth year in a row, weve not had to ask them to pay out any more in tax.
To achieve this we are managing to do more for less and provide residents with the services they need, saving 4m by being more efficient.
Despite the financial pressures, weve also been looking at what else we can do to improve the lives of people living across Bracknell Forest and have plans to spend an extra 10m on schools, extra cash to support the increasing numbers of older people and protect vulnerable people, and invest an extra 5.6m on the boroughs roads.
10m on schools
110m on children and
5.6m to improve roads and infrastructure
1.3m on improving public
New funding Total funding
45m on roads, waste
85m on looking
after older people or people with a disability
For more information on the budget visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/budget
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Continued from front pageThe first part of the work will be: Reversing the direction of traffic on High Street West, to flow from its junction with The Ring to its junction with Market Street, where there will be a new traffic signalled junction.
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: These roadworks will kickstart the next step of the town centre regeneration boosting the local economy, creating new jobs and making the town a vibrant place to live and work.
Preparations to change the final section of The Ring where it joins Weather Way to two-way traffic to keep Easthampstead House open. Bus routes will follow the change in traffic flow and new bus stops will be provided. Some footpaths will be closed during the works, but through routes will be maintained, as will pedestrian access to businesses. All businesses in High Street West will be open as usual throughout the work as will Bracknell Forest Councils Easthampstead House and Time Square offices and Bracknell Library.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said: Weve been working hard on preparatory work for the changes to the town centres roads for some months and now we are ready to start making physical changes. The initial work has started and last for about two months. Businesses will be open as usual, pedestrian routes will be maintained and we will work to keep inconvenience to a minimum.
As soon as the initial work has been completed the work will then move on to: Closing The Ring from its junction with High Street to the entrance of Easthampstead House car park. At this point Bond Way, near the new Waitrose store, will become a cul-de sac but access to the store will continue unchanged. Diverting service mains and the demolition of Broadway Bridge, located on the closed section of The Ring.
Helen Barnett, marketing manager for BRP, said: The roadworks are an essential part of bringing the Waitrose store and other elements of the new town centre together. A lot of careful planning has gone into these changes and we will be doing all we can to help communicate the changes and minimise any inconvenience.
For more information about regeneration visit: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/regeneration
Next phase of town centre regeneration started
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Newsin briefFlag raised for the CommonwealthThe borough made history as it raised one of 500 Commonwealth flags at the top of Easthampstead House in Bracknell town centre.
The Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Cllr Mrs Jan Angell, also marked Commonwealth Day by reading out a special Affirmation and a message from Her Majesty The Queen before the flag was raised at a ceremony on 10 March.
For the first time ever, local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the UK took part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.
This new initiative is a widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.
Art work brightens up Primary SchoolColourful metal decorations designed by Jennetts Park Primary children are now brightening up the schools grounds as part of a public art investment in the community.
As part of the Jennetts Park housing development a new piece of public art, funded by the consortium of developers and secured by a legal agreement associated with the grant of planning permission for the development as a whole, has just been installed at the Primary School. The work comprises the addition of colourful metal decorations to the railings at the front of the school. These were designed by children at the school and made by blacksmith, Adrian Wood.
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The regeneration of Bracknell town centre will bring huge benefits to the economy and the community.