One of Chester’s jewels – The Groves Riverside promenade – is to undergo extensive refurbishment beginning on Monday, 31 January.

Delivered in partnership by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Renaissance, the scheme will last 11 weeks and takes place between the Weir and the Suspension Bridge.

Works include:

  • replacing Tarmac footpaths with Yorkstone – extending the scheme undertaken last year
  • replacement of grit stone with stone sets
  • planting six large semi-mature Lime trees to replace six others which were removed because of their poor condition. More space will be given to all trees
  • 100 benches replaced or refurbished as well as new bins
  • improved signage with a new way finding and welcoming sign.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Interim Chairman of Chester Renaissance, said: “This scheme is part of an ongoing plan to improve the Riverside experience in Chester and will deliver a high quality environment in a very popular area.

“The Groves is one of the must see sights of Chester and the scheme aims to make a visit more welcoming.”

Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment, said: “We know people love the Groves area and this next phase will add to its reputation.

“This new project builds on previous improvement works undertaken by the Council.

“I am sure that this general upgrade between the Weir and the Suspension Bridge will be appreciated by the thousands of residents and visitors each year.”

Chester City Councillor, Cllr Max Drury, added: “The Riverside at The Groves is an early example of Victorian promenading and needed to be updated.

“The improvement scheme has been designed using high quality materials which will create a fantastic place for people to enjoy the Riverside and what it can offer.”

Large pedestrian areas of The Groves and also some car parking will be closed during the works and Chester Renaissance and Cheshire West and Chester Council apologise for any inconvenience. A route along the Riverside will remain open during the works.