Maidenhead Street is one of the town's main shopping streets and in the past has been home to major stores such as Woolworths and Fine Fare, as well as the town's first cinema.
In the latter part of the 20th Century, Maidenhead Street was pedestrianised, although traffic still uses the street to access.
In 2014, the Town Council undertook a project to establish what improvements and initiatives could benefit the area. At a meeting of the Council’s Finance, Policy and Administration Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin was tasked with leading the study. Cllr Sartin said: "There are many very successful businesses on Maidenhead Street and the neighbouring roads, but there have also been a particularly high number of empty units for a several years. I hope that businesses, landlords and residents will come on board to support this initiative, including putting forward their ideas for ways to improve and revitalise the area".
Proposed improvements include repaving Maidenhead Street, Bull Plain and The Wash, as well as making changes to vehicle access and traffic flow arrangements.
In 2017 a public exhibition took place outlining the improvement being proposed for Maidenhead Street, including repaving Maidenhead Street, Bull Plain and The Wash, as well as making changes to vehicle access and traffic flow arrangements to reduce pedestrian/vehicle conflict. Other proposals include an enhanced pedestrian crossing between the street at The Castle and the removal of on-street parking in Bull Plain (with the exception of disabled parking.
Survey work took place in early 2018 to better understand traffic movements in and around Maidenhead Street.
This article was last updated on 8th April 2018.