There are a number of developments underway in Hereford to improve facilities and create a more attractive environment for residents, visitors, shoppers, workers and local businesses, encouraging people into the city and ensuring they have a great experience when they are there.
Investment over the next two years will see refurbishment to enhance the city centre - attracting visitors, supporting economic recovery and making it easier to travel around.
Recently upgraded facilities in the Maylord Orchards centre are attracting new businesses and community outlets, and there are proposals for the development of a new library in the centre as part of the Hereford Stronger Towns Fund.
A redeveloped museum, also part of the Stronger Towns plans, is set to bring together important heritage assets into a purpose-designed space.
Improving how we travel in Hereford is important so there is easy access to work, education, shops and leisure activities. There are a number of projects to provide new and improved roads and facilities for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists, including a planned new transport hub.
Public art programme
The council in partnership with local arts agency, Studio Response, is embarking on a public art programme for Hereford as part of new investment to improve the city's public spaces.
The new programme - Art + People + Place - is funded jointly by the council and Marches LEP as part of the ongoing £6 million Hereford city centre improvements to create a more attractive environment for city residents and visitors, encouraging people into the city and ensuring they have a great experience when they are there.
The vision for the public art programme will be developed by a new Hereford Public Art Steering Group - a collaboration of public representatives, organisations, students and businesses in Hereford - and it aims to enhance the setting of Hereford and create an ongoing cultural draw for the city centre.
A contemporary public art strategy will be created and new public art commissions will be developed with different artists during 2023.