Exciting times for our county town

You will have heard me talking about growing the county’s economy before, attracting more better paid jobs that put more money into people’s pockets to spend in our town centres in their leisure time remains a key priority for the county council.

Take Stafford as an example.  Over the years we have seen huge development in the town such as the new £100m Riverside Shopping Centre and the continuous development at Redhill Business Park which now has around half a million square foot of space for businesses.  Both projects are delivering more job opportunities.  We’ve also seen the expansion of the army barracks also completed with hundreds of new homes either having been built or in the pipeline and potential for a new housing estate at the former Police HQ.

There is more to do however to improve the town and this month saw the announcement of The Stafford Gateway Masterplan., This lays the plans to develop land near the railway station and could see the development of 650 apartments, 150 houses, a new hotel and a 1,400 space multi storey carpark.

Key to this is the creation of the Stafford Western Access Route which will link the A518 Newport Road and the A34 Foregate Street. This will not only enable the ambitious Gateway project but will also ease congestion in the town centre, particularly around the railway station as we prepare for Javelin trains using the HS2 connection.  Work to improve the junctions at Foregate Street was completed last month and the next phase will see us assembling the required land along the route.

It really is an exciting and changing time for Stafford with such great opportunities to grow our local economy and make life better for people working and living here.

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