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Town centre regeneration steps up a gear

Monday 3 July

Roadworks set to begin to free up land for leisure quarter

The Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration project shifts up a gear from vision to reality this summer, with site set up for the big box retail site off Eurolink Way underway and the beginning of planned roadworks to facilitate construction of the new leisure quarter.

Construction of the retail units will be complete by March 2018, when Costa Coffee, Home Bargains and Food Warehouse from Iceland take up residence. Essential service works by UK Power Networks on Milton Road to service the new units will take place from 25 July 2017 and last a maximum of three weeks.

Roadworks to facilitate the construction of the new leisure quarter will take place in four phases, with the first phase kicking off at the beginning of August and finishing by the beginning of December. Phase one will see westbound traffic from St Michael’s Rd diverted onto Station Street, allowing works on West Street, Station St, St Michaels Rd and the adjoining car parks. Whilst these works will not result in significant diversions to traffic, we do anticipate some disruption, so drivers may want to allow a little extra time for their journey.

Phase two roadworks will begin in the New Year. Completion of the second phase of works will fully release the leisure quarter land, meaning work can begin on the new Light Cinema and new restaurants, including Pizza Express and Wildwood.

Cllr Mike Cosgrove, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Swale Borough Council:

"After a thorough process to ensure this vital regeneration project could go ahead, we’re now looking forward to realising our vision for Sittingbourne town centre’s future, benefiting local people through new leisure and employment opportunities."

Rob Sloper of Spirit of Sittingbourne:

"A lot of work has gone into ensuring plans for the regeneration of Sittingbourne reached this stage. We’re delighted that we’re now able to move from concept to construction this summer, with work on the ground bringing the benefits of our development to the local area."

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