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Chance to comment on design of new public square

27/11/2012

PEOPLE are being given the chance to have their say on proposals for a new public square in Leicester.

The city council wants to hear views on the design ideas for
Jubilee Square, which will be located in St Nicholas Circle, before more detailed work begins.

An exhibition of the proposals is taking place at Wygston’s House this week, with the next sessions on November 28th from 4pm-6pm, and November 29th from noon to 2pm.

The designs reveal a welcoming open space with a mix of large, lawned areas and hard landscaping, softened by mature trees and colourful planting.

The hard-standing spaces would be large enough to accommodate a ferris wheel or ice-rink at Christmas, and could be a venue for temporary events and festivals.

People would be encouraged to use the lawned areas for picnics, and as places to meet and relax. Seating would also be provided throughout the square.

The western edge of the square, which faces the road, would become a terraced garden. A series of attractive perforated panels would run along it to screen the western edge of the site from the road.

After dark, white lighting will be used to up-light trees, show off features on the front of buildings fronting the square, and illuminate the perforated panels.

The park and ride bus stops currently located in St Nicholas Circle will move to a layby on the western edge of the square opposite the Holiday Inn. Quality bus shelters will be provided as part of the move.

Paths across the square will give visitors clear and easily accessible routes to the High Street, Peacock Lane, Castle Park and Jewry Wall Museum, as well as to the bus stops and the road crossing.

The taxi rank situated opposite the park and ride stops will move to the corner of Highcross Street. And disabled parking spaces will be made available at the back of Wygston’s House replacing those lost from St Nicholas Circle.

Access to the Highcross car park will still be available via a route running along the northern edge of the square as at present. Discussions are also under way to establish whether alternative short-stay, surface level car parking can be established on a nearby site.

People have until Dec 19th to return their comments. As well as visiting the exhibition they can also make their views known on the council’s website at www.leicester.gov.uk/connectingleicester

Connecting Leicester is a £19 million scheme that will improve the links between shopping, leisure, heritage, housing and transport facilities in the city.

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