Bramley: Forecourt improvements welcomed by shoppers

Councillors Tom Hinchcliffe, Adele Rae and Kevin Ritchie at the refurbished forecourt in Bramley.

£50,000 forecourt improvements at a shopping parade in Bramley have been completed.

Improvements include new surfacing, cast-iron seating and bins, new surfacing and a tree pit with planted tree, which acts as a focal point at the parade.

Upper Town Street will also benefit from a new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which allows cars to park for up to one hour.

The investment has been largely welcomed by residents posting on social media.

One person said: “Fabulous improvement, it’s been a long time coming. Well done to all.”

Another added: “It does look lovely and much improved. I’m not so sure the benches were a good idea. I envisage youths congregating there but hope if they do, they’re well behaved or it will put people off going to the shops.”

“What a great job, our mam would have loved to sit and have a natter there,” added another.

The scheme was supported by Bramley & Stanningley ward councillors, and have been welcomed by Tom Hinchcliffe, Adele Rae and Kevin Ritchie.

Cllr Ritchie (Lab, Bramley & Stanningley) said: “I’m pleased we were able to secure the funding to invest in the heart of our community. These improvements make Upper Town Street more vibrant and welcoming. As Leeds City Council’s Disability Champion, I’m particularly encouraged by the addition of benches, which will make the area accessible for all.”

Cllr Tom Hinchcliffe (Lab, Bramley & Stanningley) added: “I am delighted that these works have been carried out with minimal disruption and have revitalised the area around a parade of shops.

“Local businesses will always have our support and I look forward to hearing feedback from residents about the improvements.”

The project one of the final projects of Leeds City Council’s £2.3 million local centres programme, which seeks to support local businesses by making town centres more aesthetically pleasing, offering a higher quality of environment for visitors.

In Kirkstall the money was used for extra seating across the ward, in Pudsey it was used to fund a Jubilee pocket park on land outside Pudsey Parish Church, in Rodley it was used for Rodley Town Street improvements and in Armley it will be used to boost footfall on Town Street.

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  1. Presumably there are bollards either end to prevent drivers driving onto this area to park, or do vehicles just have to snake their way through past the trees and benches?


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