Revamped town centre will be fit for Royalty

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Morecambe will become the Place to be when a £610,000 town centre revamp goes ahead.

Work will start in 2014 surrounding the Arndale Centre, general post office, Barclays bank and former Marks and Spencer building.

The area will be renamed Royalty Place, after the former Royalty Theatre which stood near Barclays before being demolished in the late 60s.

The Royalty was managed by Thora’s father James Hird and was where the Morecambe-born acting legend made her stage debut as a baby.

The work will include:

*Pedestrianisation of a section of Euston Road at the junction with Market Street, currently used by motorists to park outside the Barclays cash machine, although delivery vehicles will still be able to use it for access.
*Narrowing part of Market Street near the post office to make it safer to cross for pedestrians, including new road surfacing and signs

*New road surfacing for Victoria Street between the junctions with Market Street and Graham Street.

*New pavement surfaces on part of Victoria Street, Market Street and the Euston Road precinct to give the whole area a facelift.

A spokesman for Lancaster City Council said the plans were still at the “concept stage”.

Cash from the Morecambe Townscape Heritage Initiative 2 project, nickname d A View for Eric, will go towards the scheme as will council money set aside 
as part of the Morecambe Area Action Plan and improving pedestrian routes in Poulton.

Plans to open out New Town Square with a new mosaic design at the back entrance to the Arndale have been put on hold so the council can focus on the Royalty Place project.

The aim is to improve connections between Victoria Street and the Central Drive retail park.