The Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has confirmed his commitment to the redesign of Marlborough Square in Coalville as part of the council’s work to regenerate the town.
Work on the scheme was halted last year when costs came in too far above professional estimates. NWLDC had been using the Leicestershire County Council (LCC) procurement process to find a contractor to carry out the work.
At a cross party meeting (Wednesday 9 January), councillors discussed and challenged the process. Councillor Blunt has indicated that NLWDC will take on responsibility for designing the scheme, which will create a public square that can be used for markets and events.
The Council’s Cabinet will consider the next steps with the project next week at its meeting on Tuesday 15 January. The council may decide to seek a contractor through its own processes and finalise the designs.
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We could have walked away from this scheme when the cost for the redesign of came in significantly above professional estimates, but we didn’t.
“Instead, we can look at taking the work that has already been done, reworking the designs and seeking a new contractor to make sure we can create the new public square for Coalville in a sensible way.
“We thank Leicestershire County Council for their advice and design work so far and look forward to continue working with them on the highways elements of the scheme.
“We know some people have their doubts, particularly as we started and stopped the work last year, but we also know that there are lots of people who want positive change in Coalville. The main thing is that this promising work goes ahead in Coalville to rejuvenate what was once the heart of the town.”