Million pound makeover for the city centre

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The “poor condition” of Lancaster city centre could soon be remedied as part of a major new investment in the public realm.

The city council’s cabinet will decide whether to give the go ahead for the plans at a meeting on Tuesday, paving the way for new surfacing, signs, street furniture and a “centrepiece” in Market Square in the form of a performance stage, details of which will be finalised at a meeting in June.

The plans would see an investment of £997,000, including £485,579 in European funding, and £165,000 from the county council.

Coun Janice Hanson, deputy leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “Lancaster city centre is one of the keys to our district’s economic future, but its current form is holding it back. Our streets are cluttered and in a poor condition and by rejuvenating them we are helping to encourage people back in and enjoy spending time in the city centre.

“That’s good for business and our economy and is also a good example of partnership working between the city and county councils.”

The work follows the first phase of the Square Routes project, which took place in 2011/12 and included the removal of the fountain, resurfacing of Market Square, and new lighting columns and new lights on the City Museum.