Work on the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon has been forging ahead despite the lockdown.
The town is undergoing a £1 billion regeneration, transforming it from a garrison to a green, healthy and connected town.
While much of the country has been shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the team of public and private sector organisations spearheading the regeneration project has continued its work.
Building work on the leisure centre resumed in May and the new facility is expected to be ready to open by early November, depending on Government guidelines.
The town centre is still moving forward and construction on the Makers’ Market, which will feature pop-up kiosk shops and stalls, is expected to begin in the autumn.
The Health Hub continues to make progress with GPs agreeing a design to be put before the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. If it gets approval it will then be submitted for planning permission.
The summer will see the next phases of the green grid green loop, an interconnecting footpath and cycleway allowing for easy and sustainable active travel through the town. This will complement work being carried out by Hampshire County Council on the C114, at Camp Road, where pavements are being widened, and a new footway and cycleway has been installed on the Whitehill and Bordon Relief Road.
Cllr Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council Leader, said: “The country may be in lockdown but coronavirus has not been holding us back.
“Using digital meetings and new technology we have been able to keep up the pace when it comes to transforming Whitehill & Bordon.
“We are still determined to deliver the town’s infrastructure and we will carry on working alongside our partners to deliver what’s best for Whitehill & Bordon.”
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We continue to support the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon, and are now working on further transport and travel improvements to connect to a wider network of upgraded cycle and walking routes thanks to our successful funding bid to the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and close partnership working with East Hampshire District Council.
“This includes improvements the county council is making for pedestrians and cyclists at a number of locations across the town.”
James Child, Project Lead, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, said: “Work on the new town centre, infrastructure, leisure facilities, housing, and green spaces have progressed well despite the impacts of Covid-19 being felt by the town.
“We have some exciting announcements to make this year about a variety of elements of the regeneration, and residents will continue to see positive changes being made across the town.”