Approval has been given by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet for a £90,000 scheme of improvements to go ahead in Walton’s Millennium Square.
Located within the High Street car park, the Millennium Square was developed to provide a meeting place for visitors to the town and a focal point for events.
The new design will provide an enhanced and more attractive area designed to increase use in the heart of the town centre.
Plans include open space with attractive seating, landscaping and lighting to encourage visitors to remain in the town for longer, and shelter and electricity for the market and other events.
The design requires the removal of three large trees at the High Street end of the square; however the trees are not in the best condition and detract from the overall appearance.
Their removal will open the site to create an impression of space and light and will enable the introduction of a visual entrance to the square from the High Street.
There will also be options for year-round market pitches or other uses of the public area that will provide a more effective use of the car parking area.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation, Seafronts and Parking said he was pleased that the scheme could now go ahead.
“The original concept for the Millennium Square was a proven success and the new proposed improvements will build on that, helping to promote Walton and the wider District,” he said.
“Public events help to create and sustain community spirit and cohesion as well as provide opportunities for increasing revenue to local businesses and the local authority,” he added.
It is hoped that work will start on the Millennium Square in the autumn of this year