WORK to create the permanent defence barriers on Winchester High Street is due to start on Monday and is expected to be completed by early November.

The contractors will start work at the top of the High Street, moving down towards The Broadway.

Access to all the shops and businesses will be maintained at all times and events due to be held and shortly after completion will be unaffected.

The new barriers will be installed in similar locations to the existing temporary concrete ones.

The council says the design combines both planting and seating so they are an attractive and welcome addition to the High Street as well as providing protection to pedestrians and local businesses.

Cllr Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for environment and transport said: “These new barriers will improve the High Street. Replacing the temporary concrete barriers with a design in keeping with our attractive city centre will enhance the pedestrianised area and give shoppers and visitors a place to stop and rest when they need to.

“Ultimately, these barriers are a sensible precaution to keep people safe and protect property. They will provide reassurance to residents, visitors and business owners in the High Street. We’re pleased to get this work underway and swiftly completed before the Christmas market and other events taking place over the winter season.”

Completion is due to be Friday November 9.