Work is due to start next week on a £210,000 project to improve the central seafront either side of the Eric Morecambe statue.
Dubbed ‘Connecting Eric’ the aim of the project is to make better use of land between the Clock Tower toilets and Northumberland Street.
Work will include: a new pedestrian amenity space to the east of Eric that will form a gateway to the town centre from Eric and the promenade to Euston Road, a new improved children’s play facility adjacent to the Clock Tower toilets to replace the small existing one near Northumberland Street, a new pull in for buses and coaches, car parking rationalised into one enlarged car park west of Eric, better routes for pedestrians and improved flood defences
To reduce the potential for disruption the works will be carried out in phases and carefully managed.
Works will start at the Northumberland Street end of the central seafront where the existing play area will be dismantled and the car park extended.
Following this will be work to provide a new bus/coach pull in and improved footways.
Work will then switch to east of Eric to remove the existing car park, prepare the new play area and to provide the new pedestrian amenity space opposite Euston Road.
All these works must be completed by the end of September to meet a timetable set by Natural England and avoid disturbance to wintering birds.
The city council will equip the new play area early in the New Year.
During the works there will be some disruption to car parking facilities.
Drivers should use alternative town centre car parking spaces which are available at the following nearby city council car parks: Marine Road No 3 and 4 (Clock Tower East), West View (off Northumberland Street), Bay Arena, Pedder Street, Library and the Telephone Exchange.