Countdown to works starting in Sutton town centre

March 2024

The countdown is on until the improvement works start on Fox Street and Portland Square, Sutton.

Initially work will start on the derelict Fox Street site mid to late April. Ashfield District Council plan to create a flexible outdoor space that links pedestrians from ASDA to the town centre, and can accommodate markets and events. The site is located behind Lloyds bank and is currently a disused wasteland. The transformative works will see a 41-space car park created with new lighting, CCTV and native trees and hedging planted to enhance biodiversity.

The River Idle, which runs through the back of the site, will be cleaned, and restored, providing a natural focal point. The works to Fox Street are being funded by Ashfield District Council’s £6.27million Future High Streets Fund.

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “We can’t wait to see this project begin. The Fox Street site has been an eyesore for a long time and our renovation works will breathe life into it, creating a space that can be used for events and markets – capitalising on the natural footfall in this part of Sutton. Ashfield District Council’s plans for the entire District are revolutionary and will create a lasting impact on Ashfield; a great place to live, visit, work, and play.”

The next stage of the regeneration of Sutton town centre will start shortly after Fox Street, with ground being broken on Portland Square in May. The Council’s ambitious plans for Portland Square will create a modern, attractive, and useable town centre, funded as part of their £62.6million Towns Deal.

The new-look Portland Square will feature two raised lawns with inbuilt seating, ambient lighting, planting and semi-mature trees to bring greenery back into the urban setting. Alongside the planters will be CCTV cameras, streetlighting, a new level flooring and more room outside businesses for outdoor seating.

Both sites are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Cllr Matthew Relf, Executive Lead for Growth, Regeneration, and Local Planning said: “It is exciting see another of our regeneration projects moving forward to construction. Our plans to transform Portland Square into a new green heart to the town are to support our aim to reimagine our town centres from places purely for shopping but places also for socialising, studying, working and living. This project with our ongoing regeneration of Low Street, the opening of High Pavement House, and the upcoming MakerSpace and Cornerstone Theatre projects means Sutton’s future looks very bright.”
Lindum Group Managing Director Edward Chambers said:

“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the council through this scheme at Sutton in Ashfield. We’ve been working with the authority since mid-2023 to help find the most cost-effective way to deliver the works, which will make a huge difference to the town centre, and ultimately provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.”

Lindum will be calling on the expertise and skills of local businesses to deliver this project, including Townscape Products, based in Fulwood Road South, which is one the UK’s premier street furniture manufacturing companies.

Townscape Products Head of Sales, Jess Fergusson, said: “Townscape are very pleased to be working with Lindum Group and Ashfield Council to help realise this Town Centre improvement scheme. The raised platers and seating will provide a vibrate focal point for the local community enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the square and adding a much-needed green space for all to enjoy.’’

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