The latest phase of a major transformation scheme in Bilston has got underway this week.

Large scale site clearance works are being carried out for parts of the Bilston Urban Village site.

The work involves the removal of trees and other vegetation ahead of a range of physical works on the site which are planned for later in the year and is being undertaken now before the start of the bird nesting season.

Wolverhampton Tree Services will begin work on land off Dudley Street before moving over to the western part of the site off Coseley Road and Highfields Road.

People using the site are asked to be careful whilst contractors are on site as there will be large machines in use.

The later works, which involve substantial earthmoving, the construction of new road junctions, a spine road, a pedestrian/cycle/bus link and the provision of drainage infrastructure across much of the site, will be the subject of a detailed planning application to be submitted in February.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Prosperity, said: "I am delighted to see work on the next phase of Bilston Urban Village project get underway.

"The loss of trees in the short term will be compensated for as the development proceeds and is complemented by management works to the wooded areas of the site which will not be developed.

"This is an exciting project for the residents of Bilston and I am keen to see us build on what has been achieved to date.

"I would emphasise that these site clearance works are distinct from the woodland management works which are currently being carried out around Carder Crescent by the Wildlife Trust.

The council is working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency to regenerate a large part of Bilston with commercial and residential projects.

The Bert Williams Leisure Centre and the South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy are the first 2 major developments to have been completed and opened at Bilston Urban Village.

Previous works have included the treatment of mineshafts and the acquisition of properties on the High Street for the creation of the High Street Link via Pinfold Street car park.

  • released: Thursday 30 January, 2014