Leicester's Jubilee Square project gets £1.7m

Artist's impression of Jubilee Square
Image caption Some traders have criticised plans for Jubilee Square

Leicester's Jubilee Square project has been awarded nearly £1.7m of European money.

The city council bid for the money from the European Regional Development Fund to help create a new public square in Leicester's historic old town.

The project is one of three schemes to have secured funding since March.

Some traders have criticised the Jubilee Square work, which will replace a car park, saying it will affect traffic and trade.

However, city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "This is fantastic news for Leicester and a tremendous endorsement for what Jubilee Square will help achieve in the city centre.

'Restoring the town'

"It will be a really attractive, lively public space that will help link Leicester's modern retail centre to our historic old town."

The square forms part of the mayor's Connecting Leicester plans to link historic parts of the city with the modern shopping areas.

Two other Connecting Leicester bids have also proved successful.

In March, the city council announced it had successfully bid for £1.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair buildings in the Old Town.

In April, it received £550,000 from the Department for Transport to improve Newarke Street for cyclists and pedestrians.

One lane on Newarke Street is temporarily closed, a move that is expected to be made permanent.

The Jubilee Square work will start later this year.

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