Cowick Street improvements are gathering pace
Cowick Street improvements are gathering pace.
Tree planting work is to start at the front of the St Thomas Methodist Church and St Thomas Medical Centre.
A lime will be planted outside the medical centre, and three bird cherries outside the Methodist Church.
In addition the existing planting from the front of the Methodist Church will be cleared and the area mulched to help the church in its preparations for the Peace Garden.
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The existing holly trees, Japanese maple and rowan to the front of the church are to be retained.
With regard to the other improvements, the city council will shortly be carrying out survey work at the front of the NatWest bank and the Sawyers Arms and the designs of the street furniture are being worked up by the manufacturers. In addition the city council will also be replacing some of the tree grills to existing trees and replacing these with bound gravel.
The ward’s city and county councillor, Rob Hannaford, said: “Now that we have agreed the final works with residents and local traders its really fantastic to see these important improvement works continue to roll out.
“The new lighting and tree works near St Thomas Railway Station have already been welcomed by the local community, and I am sure that these other works will also enhance the street scene. I am also very pleased to be able to support the new Peace Garden at the Methodist Church, as it’s a very popular community facility in West Exe, which hosts a wide range of worthwhile activities each and every week for many people and groups, in addition to its church work and the pre school.”
“Also, it is especially important that the improvement works stretch right along Cowick Street from start to finish to make sure that all areas have a positive uplift.”
Cllr Hannaford, who is a founder member of the Cowick Street Improvements Working Group, gave £1,300 from his delegated county grant budget and supported the church’s bid for a top up city council ward grant for £300 for the establishment of a peace garden.