Million pound boost for Square streets

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A £1m investment in Lancaster city centre is in the pipeline.

Work to improve Market Street and some of its surrounding streets could get underway in February 2014.

They include new stone surfacing for the whole of Market Square and the adjoining stretch of Market Street, Cheapside, Horseshoe Corner and Penny Street.

There would also be new, high quality, and better sited seating, a new structural centrepiece to Market Square, facilities for promoting arts and events - including a new arts information point and banners to the City Museum, the return of the horseshoe to Horseshoe Corner, new and improved directional signs and information, new LED lighting to Cheapside and part Penny Street and New Street, new and better sited street furniture including bins and bollards.

The plans are part of the Lancaster Square Routes scheme.

The first phase of this took place in 2011/12 and included the removal of the fountain and resurfacing of Market Square and improvements to Frances Passage.

The investment of £997,000 includes £165,000 of Lancashire County Council funding and over £485,000 from a European grant.

The project will be discussed by the city council’s cabinet on May 28.