New park and better security is planned

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Major investments in Manor Royal have been agreed which will provide better connectivity, 24/7 security and a new park.

More than 80 Manor Royal representatives met at Virgin’s global training centre in Fleming Way, on July 10, to hear what projects the Manor Royal BID (Business Improvement District) would deliver in its first year.

It was revealed more than £300,000 would be used to put in place CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) which will be monitored 24/7.

Other agreed projects were: installation of a wireless broadband network and a new ‘people’s park’ on Crawter’s Brook - both costing around £350,000 each.

Steve Sawyer, Manor Royal business district manager, explained the benefits of each project.

He said: “Once in place this investment will help make Manor Royal a hard target for criminals, create a ‘super connected’ place and one where staff have somewhere to go to get away from the pressures of a busy day or to have an informal meeting with clients or colleagues.

“The plan is to deliver these projects in a fast timescale so they can be ready for the spring 2014.”

Businesses voted in favour of the BID in May 2013 and now they will make a contribution each year for five years to a central fund to be reinvested in Manor Royal.

The opinions of all businesses in the BID area were collated through questionnaires, interviews, email and interactive meetings.

The projects set out by the BID aim to address the areas of concern raised by the members.

Mr Sawyer said BID was encouraging all stake holders to give their views to help shape future projects.

He said: “Now we have the BID in place the onus now is on Manor Royal coming together to make more of the opportunities to improve the area for both businesses and staff.”

To find out more about the projects visit www.manorroyal.org or contact steve@manorroyal.org