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Fisherton Street, Salisbury

Surveys to commence on Salisbury’s Future High Streets Fund scheme

The first steps in a £10 million Future High Streets Fund initiative to rejuvenate Salisbury city centre commence this week.

Survey work is set to commence on Fisherton Street, one of the key areas in Salisbury to receive investment from the government’s Future High Streets Fund. These include topographic, utilities and drainage surveys.

The surveys will extend from the roundabout at the Mill Road junction of South Western Road and from the north side of the railway bridge on Fisherton Street, continuing down Fisherton Street as far as the junction with Silver Street, where it then takes in the High Street as far as Canal Street.

The surveys will help identify the existing condition of drainage assets, the location of underground utilities and elevations of the area to help inform future works as part of the Fisherton Street proposals.

The surveys will be carried out over a three-week period starting from Tuesday (November 9), subject to streetworks approvals.

The work will cause minimal disruption to people visiting the area and all businesses will remain open as usual. Some work could take place at night to minimise disruption even further.

Cllr Richard Clewer, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: Earlier this year we were awarded £9,355,301 to deliver transformational projects that would rejuvenate Salisbury City Centre.

“One of these projects is improving the road network and public spaces along Fisherton Street which connects the railway station to Salisbury’s retail centre.

“These improvements will encourage people to spend more time and therefore more money in the various independent shops located along Fisherton Street providing a welcome economic boost to the local area.

“This preliminary work will enable more detailed designs to be drawn up. We are aiming to share these plans with the local community next spring so their feedback can further shape the proposals.”