Village Centre Improvements

Published: 22 October 2021

The project will see a partial pedestrianisation of High Street close to the library and car park, with a raised road surface to make access easier for wheelchairs and prams. Also proposed are changes to the pedestrian crossings in the area, to be replaced with three courtesy crossings. The whole area will be block-paved with contrasting colours to define the roadway, paths, pedestrian area and the crossings.

In addition, it is expected that a number of new trees will be planted along with flower planters at the roadside to complete the aesthetic.

Local consultation on the project is due to start later this month, running until 19th November. Subject to approval, the project is set to commence early in 2022.

Councillors Alan Lamb, Norma Harrington and Linda Richards (Conservative, Wetherby) said:

“This project for Boston Spa has been many years in the making and we will be delighted to see it come to fruition. Huge credit must go to the Parish Council, the highways department at Leeds City Council and the residents’ Village Centre Development Group who have all worked hard to bring the design together. In the current climate it has been a struggle, but as Ward Members we have managed to bring the funding together to make this project a reality.

It is a bold statement at the heart of the village, specifically designed to be people-friendly and enhance Boston Spa’s unique character. Whilst we are lucky to be in a semi-rural environment, the addition of new trees and flower planters will help bring nature closer to the High Street and we hope the design will act as a focal point for the village.

The change in road surface will also act as further reinforcement of the 20mph zone through the village to help keep driver speeds low and our pedestrians safe.

This is an exciting time for Boston Spa and we would urge every resident to take part in the consultation and give your feedback.”