Work To Start On Dingwall Streetscape

The first phase of a £947,000 package of town centre improvements is due to start in Dingwall High Street on September 14 2009.

The Highland Council has appointed Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd as contractors to implement streetscape works, which will last for approximately 12 weeks and will include the High Street from its western end to the museum. A second phase, to be completed in the spring, will complete the upgrade as far as the junction with Tulloch Street. WA Fairhurst & Partners (Inverness) have been appointed by the Council as consulting engineers for the work.

An allocation of £460,000 within The Highland Council Planning and Development Service Capital Programme has enabled additional funding of £462,000 to be secured through the Scottish Government Town Centre Regeneration Fund. In addition to the core streetscape project, other measures will be implemented for the improvement of signage, visitor information and key vennels adjoining the High Street.

During the streetscape works, temporary traffic measures will be in place, including the closure of the High Street to all vehicular traffic. In advance of commencement, representatives of both Munros and The Highland Council will liaise with those directly affected to ensure adequate vehicular access for residents and for deliveries. Pedestrian access will be maintained to all shops, during trading hours, for the duration of the project. A number of exploratory trenches across the High Street may be excavated and backfilled prior to September 14th in order to obtain definitive locations for underground services.

Contact information will be made widely available to ensure that all High Street users are able raise matters with the right people, so that issues arising can be resolved quickly and effectively.

Working hours will generally be from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, although there may be some evening working up until 8pm to complete pavement work adjoining the shop fronts.

Dingwall and Seaforth Councillors Peter Cairns, David Chisholm, Angela MacLean and Margaret Paterson are unanimous in their support for this project.

There will be disruption during the works but they are confident that Dingwall will benefit greatly from this significant facelift.  Shops will remain open for business as usual and the Council is liaising directly with the organisers of other regular events to assist them to make alternative arrangements during the period of the works.

Representatives of the Dingwall community have been invited to attend regular stakeholders’ meetings to discuss practical issues arising while the works are on site and we look forward to working with them to facilitate steady progress. They are also working with Dingwall in Bloom to incorporate improvements to the floral displays, which will attract additional funding from the LEADER programme.

Speaking on behalf of local businesses, Coleen Mackenzie said: "The Dingwall Business Association are looking forward to the benefits that the improvements on the High Street will bring to Dingwall. We hope to continue working with the Council in a positive manner to revitalise the heart of our town."

Details of the temporary traffic restrictions are as follows:

• Contractor working hours will generally be from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday 8am to 1pm although Saturday working is at the discretion of contractor. There may be some evening working to 8pm to complete pavement work adjoining shop fronts.  There is to be no Sunday working.

• A road closure will be in place on Dingwall High Street for the duration of the works with partial vehicular access for residents and deliveries to businesses being maintained in liaison with the contractor. The extent of the works will be from the West Gateway entrance to the High Street extending to the West boundary edge of the museum building, a length of approximately 165 metres. Works will be required over the full width of the High Street between building frontages. The road closure will apply between the West Gateway entrance and the junction with Church Street.

• The section of the High Street to the East of Church Street will remain open with access via Church Street.

• While the road closure is in place, the contractor will phase construction so that vehicular access is maintained to the private parking areas at Mayfield Court and Stafford Place, either from the West (A862) or the East (Church Street), with a one way system being reversed where required.

• Representatives of both Munros and The Highland Council will liaise with properties directly affected to ensure adequate vehicular access for residents and deliveries.


26 Aug 2009