Promenade works in Southampton have been halted

IMPROVEMENTS for a parade of shops in Southampton have been left unfinished as contractors down their tools.

Coronation Parade in Hamble was due to finish a series of ‘facelifts’ before the beginning of the New Year; however, three months after the proposed finish date, the parade of shops have still not been completed.

The works have been left unfinished

The improvements were aiming at bettering the quality of the environment, including surfacing the steps outside the shops, planting trees and placing benches.

Matt Blythe, the Environmental Health Manager at Eastleigh Borough Council, is looking after the project. He said: “The improvement works to transform Coronation Parade are almost complete. They did fall behind schedule and we have written to apologise to local residents and businesses for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Some residents say so far the current result doesn’t match the original plans

Whilst a few steps have been re-done and trees are in place, there is no sign of benches with the majority of the promenade fenced off.

Mr Blythe continued: “The only significant outstanding works are the final surfacing and the installation of the artist-designed railings and benches. The surfacing couldn’t be laid by our main contractor until the foundations for the benches were installed.

“We’re pleased to report that this work has now been completed and the surfacing work will be completed shortly and the new railings will be installed in the next few weeks. We’re sure that residents and businesses will be pleased with the new-look Coronation Parade once work is complete.”

The improvements were due to finish before Christmas

Plans for the improvements were first granted in 2015, three years before they begun.  The scheme cost around £150,000 and is funded by developer’s contributions and Hamble-le-Rice Parish Council.

A councillor from Eastleigh Borough gave their thoughts on the plans.

by Laura Stockdale (@LauraaStockdale)