The changing face of Midhurst

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MIDHURST’S historic Market Square has recently undergone a six month face-lift aimed at turning it into a continental cafe style area.

The long awaited project had been on the drawing board for more than a decade as the owners The Town Trust, members of the town council and West Sussex County Council worked together with the Midhurst Old Town Residents Association and traders.

Market Square after its �400,000 refurbishment

Market Square after its �400,000 refurbishment

The project was given a major boost when £200,000 was donated by the Monument Trust. The remaining funding has come from the county council.

The new look Market Square is set to be officially unveiled at an opening ceremony on Saturday, August 3.

It is the latest of a series of developments taking place across the town which are changing the face of Midhurst.

Work is at an advanced stage on the new leisure centre in front of South Pond.

The old Grange will close in November and will be demolished for housing.

Work has begun on the former St Margarets Convent in Petersfield Road set to provide more housing and there are parcels of redundant school land in Lamberts Lane also awaiting redevelopment.

The new youth club at the school entrance is up and running and also providing a home for Midhurst Nursery Class. Behind it Midhurst Rother College is ending its first year in its state of the art £31m buildings.

Along Lamberts Lane bull dozers are creating football and cricket pitches for the new school.

And at the bottom of North Street work is in full swing to create South Downs NA\tional Park Authority’s new £3.9m headquarters.