As part of the plans for improving the town centre, Watford Borough Council is proposing to widen the pavement on the western side of the High Street, between the Met Quarter and Water Lane.
Officers are currently talking with affected businesses and groups to get their views, and then the council will go out to a public consultation later in the year.
The widening of the pavement will improve the look of the Lower High Street – and will make space for businesses to put tables and chairs outside. The Metropolitan Line Extension will bring more people in the town from Watford High Street Station, and these works will ensure they have a great first impression of the town.
Widening the pavement will mean replacing a bus stop outside Boots, with two new bus stops in King Street (opposite the former bingo hall) and opposite Primark on the High Street. A disabled parking bay will also be replaced with a disabled bay for two cars outside Brighthouse on the High Street, a bit further up. Other ‘yellow line’ parking spaces are available in the town, as well as 140 disabled bays in town centre car parks.
Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: “We have a very long high street in Watford, and over the last few years, we have made great strides in improving the look and feel. This is another step in our journey towards a family friendly town centre. More great things are coming – an extended intu centre; the new tube line and wildflowers at the top of town.”
Residents are encouraged to look out for details of the public consultation coming soon.