Chelmsford city centre improvement plan set for approval

The long awaited Tindal Square pedestrian construction plans are set to be given the green light, paving the way for public street performances in the centre of Chelmsford.

A brand new public square could completely transform part of the city’s High Street in Chelmsford City Council’s ambitious new plans for the city centre.

The authority and Essex County Council have combined to come up with a series of ideas for Tindal Square and the High Street, including paving over the road outside Shire Hall and making it fully pedestrianised.

This would see a brand new public space created outside Shire Hall with paving, public seating, planting and a two-way cycle path between Market Road and New Street.

In the last few years, the city council has invested significantly in the public realm and recent completed schemes have included Marconi Plaza, Station Square completed in 2016 at a cost of £1.6million, Exchange Square completed in August 2016 and Half Moon Square completed in autumn 2016 at a cost of £1.9million.

Earlier estimated costs of the detailed design and tender process for the Tindal Square works had costs at £3.3million.

Stephen Robinson, leader of Chelmsford City Council, which is set to sign off the financials in a private session at cabinet on October 12, said: “As soon as we sign the contract will have a date for the start of construction and we hope to do that soon.

“The key part is we secured a government grant towards this and the rest of the money comes from developer contributions.

“One of the key aspects is we want to use the space as a public performance area.

“It won’t just be a cycle path. It will improve Shire Hall as well.”

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter