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Work set to continue on new public space

PUBLISHED: 16 March 2021

Work on an exciting new town centre public space is set to continue this week, with plans to improve the shape of an overgrown tree. 

Professional tree surgeons will be working on the chestnut tree in St. Nicholas Square on Wednesday 17 March 2021, to help prune the underside of the canopy. 

The tree is set to be retained as a key aspect of the new designs, so it is necessary to undertake the works to ensure it is in great condition and is easier for people to walk and sit underneath. The tree is very overgrown and very close to existing buildings and windows, so it is important to get the tree into better shape.
 
Councillor David King, Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources said: We recently hosted a webinar on the plans for the square, it was very positive and people are excited by the proposals. One thing that was clear from the feedback was the importance of trees in our town centre.  

“The beautiful chestnut tree is an important feature in our designs, so it’s important we do this work to help it to be in the best condition possible. This will allow the space to be developed for people to meet, relax and enjoy their surroundings in the heart of the town centre.” 

The aim is for the work to be completed within the day. Plans for the project also include adding an additional eight trees into the local area. 

The St Nicholas Square project is due to complete later in 2021. Funded by the Accelerated Town Deal fund, it will create a flexible and attractive square, with more space for seating, market stalls and outdoor events. 
 
There is still time to complete the online survey can on the plans, the survey is set to close on Friday 19 March 2021: https://www.colchester.gov.uk/st-nicholas-square. The page also contains a video of the webinar about the plans. 

 

Page last reviewed: 16 March 2021

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