Work to improve the public areas on Poole Quay will start from Monday 7 March thanks to funding from the Coastal Revival Fund.
Borough of Poole successfully secured £42,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund in December 2015 to enhance the Quay in advance of European Maritime Week in May 2017. The funding will be used to remove and replace damaged block paving crossing points, improving signage and for a topographic survey to be used to plan future works along the quay.
The block paving crossings points in front of the Banana Wharf development have suffered considerable damage over the years and broken blocks have been replaced with patches of asphalt. To ensure the character of the conservation area is maintained the three crossings will be completely removed and reformed in asphalt which will be imprinted and coloured to replicate the appearance and texture of the existing granite blocks. This will remove the risk of blocks breaking loose which is a constant source of maintenance, presents a higher potential for trip hazards to pedestrians and when patch repaired looks unsightly.
The rebuilding of the paved crossings in the section from Old Orchard to Fisherman’s Road will begin on Monday 7 March, followed by the raised crossing in Old Orchard linking Poole Pottery to the Fish Shambles. During these works the road between Poole Pottery Roundabout to Fisherman’s Road will be closed to all traffic. Both Old Orchard and Fisherman’s Road will be fully re-opened for Easter.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole’s historic quayside is a popular destination attracting thousands of residents and visitors throughout the year. These much-needed improvements will not only support Poole Quay taking centre stage during next year’s European Maritime Festival, but form part of a longer term plan to revitalise Poole Quay ensuring its future as a recreational and tourism destination.”