Long-awaited landscaping work around the Master’s House in Ledbury is expected to take place this summer.

The work is focussed on land between the Master’s House and St Katherine’s Hall and is intended to make the area into more of a town square.

Balustrading and handrails will be installed, a flatter paved surface will create a more level event space and the retaining wall towards St Katherine’s Hall will be extended.

Town and county councillor Liz Harvey, in her most recent report to Ledbury Town Council, said it is hoped a contract for work would be awarded in mid-May following the completion of the tendering process, with the works completed by mid-July.

Ledbury Reporter: Plans for the landscaping work set to take place around the Master's HousePlans for the landscaping work set to take place around the Master's House (Image: Ledbury Town Council)

In a previous report, Cllr Harvey set out the changes that had been made to the original plans, which were first drawn up in 2019.

“The square is slightly larger than previously – and level across its area rather than on the slope,” she said.

“Pedestrians will use a graduated path which comes from the car park and curves round to foot of the rear wall of St Katherine’s Hall to join the paved walkway from the High Street.

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“The standing sign for The Master’s House is set to the right of the main door, with the stone map planned to be recut and located at the end of the planted garden area, and canted at an angle to be better viewed from the square without being further damaged by being set in the paving.”

A £4.6 million bid by Herefordshire Council to carry out further improvement works on St Katherine’s Car Park and a project in Leominster was unsuccessful.

The county was awarded almost £20 million of Levelling Up cash for transport projects in Hereford, but the two market towns missed out.