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Coton Hill promenade improvements completed

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Work to restore the Victorian promenade along the riverside at Coton Hill, Shrewsbury, to its former glory has been completed.

The work has seen three old benches replaced with more attractive period-type benches, and the provision of two new rubbish bins, complementary in design to the benches.

The 175 metres of railings along the length of the promenade have also been repainted, and minor repairs carried out to the railings by the gates leading down to the boat jetty.

One of the benches has been funded by Morris Lubricants as a memorial bench for Adam Fewtrell, an employee who recently lost his battle with cancer. Adam’s family live in the Coton Hill area.

The remainder of the work cost £4600 and was funded by a grant from the Severn Loop Local Joint Committee.

The painting of the railings was carried out by SP & D Contractors Ltd, Shropshire Council’s contractor.

Andrew Bannerman, Shropshire Councillor for Quarry and Coton Hill, said:

“This much-needed work has greatly improved the appearance of this busy route into town, and has provided a real boost to the area. Now that it is complete, the riverside promenade will become a source of enjoyment to those passing by on their way into and out of town, as well as a source of pride for local residents.”

Councillor Anne Chebsey, Chair of the Severn Loop LJC, said:

“I’m delighted that the LJC was able to fund the improvements to the promenade. Recent residential developments have greatly increased the amount of people walking along the promenade and I’m sure they will enjoy and appreciate the work that has been carried out.”

Information boards, giving details of the history and importance of the immediate area, are due to be added to the promenade at a later date.

Note: there will be a photo opportunity at Coton Hill promenade at 3pm on Wednesday 29 June.