City Centre Streets in Line For a Revamp

Councillors are being asked to approve plans to start work on a series of improvements to public spaces in the city centre.

A report to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet on 3 February recommends starting to draw up detailed designs for a phased city centre public realm program starting later in the year.

The works, which could include extra seating, improved public spaces, and new paving, are designed to link major developments in the city centre such as the Central Business District, bus station and East West Shopping Centre creating innovative public space at the heart of the city centre.

The total budget available for the works is still yet to be agreed as part of the current Budget proposals. However, it is expected to enable the first phase of work to start in autumn with further phases developed around the delivery of key projects in the city centre.

“The public realm improvements are an important part of the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent. They are designed to complement and create innovate spaces in between city developments such as the new bus station, Central Business District and East West redevelopment. Cabinet is being asked to look at proposals to start work on creating detailed designs for the project as well as ways of phasing the works to provide maximum effect with the budget available.”

Areas that have been identified for investment include Tontine Street, Percy Street, Fountain Square, Upper Market Square, Crown Bank, Market Lane and Albion Square.

It is proposed the detailed designs will be drafted by the city council’s design team with each phase being reviewed annually to make sure that investment is being targeted at priority areas for current development.

A decision on the report is due at the council’s cabinet meeting on Thursday 3 February.

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I was Abbey Hulton born and bred, now live in Meir Hay.I'm married to Nita, we have 2 kids Tom 19 & Amy 17.I'm the Managing Director of a local aluminium stockist.I'm also a radio presenter and presented sport on radio for a number of years, more recently for Focal Radio.It was on Focal that I got the chance to present a programme of my favourite music genre which is Soul & Smooth Jazz. The programme was really popular and attracted overseas listeners online.Look out for our new venture - Community Radio for the good folk of the 6 Towns!I was the original creator of the blog Pits'n'Pots which gained some credibility when Mike Rawlins joined the site and has now blossomed into this site.I love sport particularly Golf & Tennis. I packed up playing football some years ago when I started picking up lot's of fines for bookings from late tackles!I play golf at Leek Golf Club and Tennis at Draycott Sports Centre.

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