03:02AM, Wednesday 13 November 2013
A repaving project in Maidenhead High Street will not be finished on schedule - but the Royal Borough is suspending the work for the crucial Christmas shopping period.
It has said encouraging trade for the busiest retail time of the year is crucial and it is 'pulling out all the stops' to attract shoppers - including free weekend parking from the end of the month until Christmas.
Contractor Murrill Construction Ltd will move off the site from Friday, November 22 and return for a few weeks from Monday, January 13.
The scheme was due to finish this month but the council said poor weather and unexpected utility works have seen the completion date to be pushed back.
The 125m project is part of the borough's regeneration plans and the first phase of a scheme to give Maidenhead a lift.
It will be a co-ordinated palette of paving that will be replicated across the town centre as new developments take place.
The £200,000 scheme runs between Costa Coffee and Queen Street.
The only outstanding section is next to Boots, which will be levelled and tidied before contractors return in the new year.
Cllr Richard Kellaway, a member of Maidenhead Town Partnership, said: "Once all the fencing is taken away the High Street will be revealed as a much brighter and more appealing place to be.
"We have had many positive comments about the new paving from shoppers and businesses.
"While we are disappointed that the entire contract will not be finished before Christmas, we look forward to the new year and the end of the works."
The paving is part of a council commitment of more than £1.3m to the town centre which has seen new signposting, street furniture, lighting and tree planting.
The Maidenhead Christmas Lights switch-on will take place on Saturday, November 23.
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