Public Realm Improvement Scheme
The long awaited Public Realm Improvement Scheme for Comber is underway at last. Despite the obvious disruption to businesses, pedestrians and vehicular traffic during the works these improvements should be well worth waiting for. Funded by DSD and Ards Borough Council at a cost of about £2 million the works should be completed in the Autumn of 2015.
The need for these improvements was one of many issues first highlighted in a report prepared by GVA Grimley : Comber Town Strategy 2005. This was commissioned by Comber Regeneration Ltd and was a comprehensive document similar to a Master Plan. Generally there has been some success with implementing the opportunities identified.
CRL prepared a further report in 2009 making the case again for Public Realm Improvement in Castle Street which was experiencing acute traffic congestion and urban decay problems. It was circulated widely to Elected Representatives, Officers of the Council and relevant Government Departments. Despite several years of frustrating delay we believe that this, and the previous 2005 Report, were instrumental in influencing the case subsequently made for the much larger Public Realm Scheme currently being implemented in the Town Centre.
CRCP was consequently invited by the Council to be represented on the Comber Town Steering Group Committee overseeing the planning and implementation of the Public Realm Scheme and it has played a full role in this process.