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Bracknell's roads to undergo major improvements

Major improvements to Bracknell town centre's roads will begin in just under a fortnights time.

The changes will create a more pedestrian friendly experience and are part of the two hundred and forty million pound regeneration scheme.

Artists impression of Charles Square Entrance Credit: Bracknell Forest Council

"We've always said that the regeneration is about providing a destination of choice for our residents and visitors, which is more than just a shopping centre.

"This £6.25m plan is part of the work to create a much more impressive and enjoyable overall town centre with improved gateways for customers and a continuation of the softening of the town centre, which is already underway through the regeneration project.

"The council set aside funding for this project last year, as our residents continually tell us that a thriving and modern town centre is one of their top priorities.

"In addition, this work will help to create a new social and cultural heart and will encourage greater economic prosperity within the borough."

– Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration
Artists impression of the area at night Credit: Bracknell Forest Council

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Mary Portas chooses Brighton and Ashford

Retail guru Mary Portas Credit: PA

Ashford and Brighton have been chosen to become one of 15 new Portas Pilot towns, after being chosen in the second round of bids.

They beat around 400 towns to be selected by the Government to become one of retail guru Mary Portas’ pilot high streets, which will see the town centre benefit from invaluable support, advice and extra funding.

The chosen towns get a share of a £1.5million funding pot.

£100,000 from government will also be match funded by an additional £100,000 from contributions through the planning agreements to revitalise the Town Centre.

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