Work has been on-going at the southern end of Waltham Cross town centre since January 2019, to build a family-friendly pedestrianised square. The New Town Square project is a vital strand of Broxbourne Borough Council’s long term strategy and social, environmental and economic regeneration for Waltham Cross. Work is progressing well and is on target to be finished by the end of July.
The town square will reflect the story of Queen Eleanor and the 12 crosses, which mark the overnight stops of her funeral procession from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey, in 1290. The monument in Waltham Cross town centre is one of only three crosses remaining in the country, and an information board at the southern end of the square will tell the story of Queen Eleanor.
The profile of Waltham Cross will grow and it will be recognised as an attractive location work, to develop a business and to live; with excellent travel and transport connections, and an inviting town centre. The public realm improvements aim to transform the road dominated square, currently known as The Roundel.
Cllr Keith Brown, Cabinet Member for Broxbourne Borough Council, said “I am thrilled to see work commencing on this project, and eager to see the wider benefits it will have on Waltham Cross.”
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has provided £678,000 from the Local Growth Fund towards the £1.36m total cost.
Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said, “We are delighted to see strong progress being made towards the transformation of Waltham Cross, which will bring to the fore the market town’s unique and important history. The new town square will turn a previously congested section of road into a traffic free zone for the local community to gather in and enjoy, increasing footfall to businesses and providing scope for a whole host of place-making events to boost the town’s profile.”
The square will provide seating and landscaped green areas, and is the first stage of a wider regeneration programme for Waltham Cross town centre. Once opened, the square will host a programme of events, including:
- Specialist markets
- A classic car day
- Summer Fair
- A charity cycle event from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey in support of the homeless
- Open air events
- A fun run
- Festival of carols and Christmas shopping event
The official name of the new town square, as voted by the public, will be revealed at an opening ceremony this summer.