St Giles Street reopen six weeks ahead of schedule

Published: Friday, 21 October 2016

St Giles Street has reopened this afternoon [Friday 21 October] six weeks ahead of schedule, following a programme of works to improve this popular shopping street.

St Giles Street, which was named Best British High Street last year, has been undergoing improvement works over the last few months. The road has been resurfaced and refurbished to include wider, safer pavements to provide a better experience for shoppers and visitors.

In addition to these physical improvements Northampton Borough Council, working in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, has also secured extended parking along the street so that shoppers can now pay to park for up to two hours.

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, planning and enterprise, said: “St. Giles Street and the surrounding area has a lot to offer and we’re keen to encourage as many people as possible to spend time enjoying the shops and cultural attractions in our town centre. Securing two-hour parking in the area can only serve to make Northampton more attractive to visitors.

“I am grateful for the support of the local businesses who have been positive and constructive throughout. It’s pleasing to know that they are able to get back to business as usual, in an improved environment, six weeks earlier than expected.”

The street has opened just ahead of the St Giles October Fair tomorrow. Visit the Guildhall between 11am and 3pm to browse stalls from over 25 local, independent businesses and entertainment from The Oompah Band.