A “tired” city centre is to be revitalised with a £1m improvement scheme.
Resurfacing work, new seats and lighting are all part of a plan to reinvigorate Lancaster’s Market Square and its surrounding streets.
Work is expected to begin in early March in what council chiefs hope will strengthen the city centre’s position as a quality destination for visitors, residents and traders.
“Market Square has always been at the centre of Lancaster’s activities and the focal point for civic and ceremonial activities and trade,” said Coun Janice Hanson, Lancaster City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for economic regeneration and planning.
“Unfortunately over recent years it has become tired and uninviting and does not portray the image that you would expect from such an important historic city.
“This investment will both improve the appearance of the city and encourage more activity into the city centre during the day and through into the evening. In turn this will boost the local economy, increase income and profit for local business and lead to more jobs for local people.”
Lancaster Square Routes Project has teamed up with Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council as partners in the scheme, with funding being shared with the European Regional Development Fund. New street surfaces, seating and lighting for the length of Cheapside, Horseshoe Corner, Penny Street, will be followed by new surfacing for the length of Market Street
Improved signs and way-finding information to improve the experiences of residents and visitors.