Work starts to transform Midhurst’s historic Market Square

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WORK has begun on transforming historic Market Square in Midhurst into a continental style piazza.

It has been ten years in the making but West Sussex County Council’s contractors Balfour Beatty have now moved in to make the vision a reality.

They have put a new drainage system in and removed the surface of the Market Square which will be replaced with Yorkstone paving.

The aim is to provide a recreational space for pubs and cafes to use for outdoor seating.

It is also hoped the enhanced pedestrian friendly space will be used for community events and traditional farmers markets.

The plans have long been a dream of the Town Trust which owns the Market Square. Trustees including chairman Andrew Mitchell have worked with Midhurst Town Council and West Sussex County Council as well as the Midhurst Old Town Residents Association( MOTRA) to come up with a mutually agreable proposal.

The £400,000 scheme was able to get off the drawing board and become a reality after long standing town councillor Colin Hughes, who is also a member of the Town Trust negotiated £200,000 funding from the Monument Trust. A further £176,000 comes from the county council.

Mr Mitchell and town councillor Colin Hughes took time out to visit the Market Square and see progress for themselves.