Stoke & Staffordshire

Views sought over Stoke-on-Trent revamp

Central Business District (image from Stoke-on-Trent City Council)
Image caption Developers say the new central district will be a vibrant quarter

People are being urged to have their say on plans for new street lights, cobbles, trees and statues in Stoke-on-Trent city centre.

The city council is currently outlining plans to "revitalise" the city centre.

A spokesman said the authority was putting designs on display for the first time to gauge public opinion.

A series of roadshows will take place in Tontine Square on 22 and 23 March before a final design is drawn up for work to begin in July.

'Inviting atmosphere'

The designs, which have been drawn up by the city council's in-house design team, show how areas such as Tontine Square, Crown Bank and Tontine Street could be improved.

Councillor Mervin Smith, the council's cabinet member for city renewal, said: "The city centre is currently undergoing major regeneration with schemes such as the new bus station, Central Business District, Mitchell Memorial Theatre and East West Centre redevelopment all moving forward.

"The public realm improvements will help to complement the major schemes by creating a mixture of new public spaces which create an inviting atmosphere for shoppers and visitors."

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

The first phase of work, which is due to take place in the next financial year, will focus on Tontine Street and Percy Street.

The designs are part of the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership's business plan which aims to invest £1.56bn of public and private sector funding into the area by 2030.

Comments can be received up until 31 March.

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