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Public realm improvements to Whitby Road welcomed by local businesses

Work to improve a stretch of public realm in Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, has been welcomed by local businesses.

The project – which forms part of larger programme of town centre improvements – has seen an area to the front of a row of business units close to the railway station benefit from new surfacing.

Part of a busy stretch of Whitby Road, used by many railway passengers walking to and from the station into the town centre, the section had previously been difficult to walk on and impossible to keep tidy with a surface of pebbles set into concrete.

The Station Cafe, which opened earlier this summer, is based in one of the business units where the improvements have been made. The Cafe has recently invested in upgrading the frontage of their property to make the area more attractive and gain trade from the footfall.

Les Lyon, Chairman of the Town Centre Improvement Advisory Body said: “This area of Whitby Road is one of the first parts of Ellesmere Port that people see when they come into the town from the railway station.

“First impressions are so important and I believe small improvements like this do not go unnoticed by the general public.

“I think the Station Cafe, and other businesses, will feel encouraged by the various ongoing improvement works. The town centre needs to keep enhancing its appearance and become more welcoming to everyone who uses it.”

Craig Aslatt of the Station Cafe said: “Since we opened the Station Cafe this summer it has been really busy and we are actually looking forward to expand our business in the next year.

“Our success proves that there was clearly a demand for a cafe in the direct station environment. The Council has been really helpful in putting up artworks in the street, and now these improvements will hopefully help to increase footfall.

“I did actually raise the very poor state of the area to the Council, and it has been acted upon swiftly. We have already received positive comments from our customers on the improvements, and believe it will improve our business.”

Local councillor, Justin Madders, said: “Whitby Road has been long highlighted as not only a key gateway to the town centre for visitors and commuters but also in need of improvements works.

“I am pleased to see improvements carried out, no matter how small, they all help to improve the look of the area and create a more accessible environment for both businesses and their customers.”

For further information please contact Town Centre Improvement Manager

Public Realm improvements on Whitby Road

Standing - left: Craig Aslatt, right Ann Marie Lynch. Sitting - left: Les Lyon, Chairman Town Centre Improvement Advisory Body, right: Jochem Hollestelle, Town Centre Improvement Manager