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Plans set for next phase of Old Town streets revamp

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2016

THE next phase of a major revamp of streets in Leicester’s historic Old Town area is set to get underway early in the New Year.

Leicester City Council plans to begin improvement works on Millstone Lane from 9 January and on Wycliffe Street from 16 January 2017.

The carriageway and footpaths on Wycliffe Street will be reconstructed in porphyry stone while Millstone Lane will be improved with high-quality concrete block paving footpaths and carriageways resurfaced in asphalt.

Footpaths will be widened and new trees planted to create a more attractive route for pedestrians though the historic area.

The work will cost around £1.1milllion, and is likely to take around six months to complete.

It is part of a planned £3.7milllion scheme to improve five streets in the Greyfriars conservation area, extending improvements recently completed on Applegate, Peacock Lane and around Hotel Street.

Work already underway on nearby Marble Street, is due to be complete by the end of the year.

Work on the final two streets – Friar Lane and New Street – is expected to begin in summer 2017.

The current traffic regulation order proposals seek to extend the existing restricted zone around Peacock Lane to include the Old Town streets.  This means that there will be no on-street parking during the daytime. Parking for Blue Badge holders and daytime loading will be permitted in marked bays, and these will be made available for free parking during the evening.  

The city council is also supporting improvements in this area through the Townscape Heritage Initiative. Backed by £1.1milllion from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the five-year programme is focussed on buildings and public spaces in the area.

Property owners and businesses can apply for money to repair buildings, restore architectural features such as original windows, fencing and decorative masonry, or to bring empty space back into use.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Investing in the city’s heritage and realising the huge potential of areas like the city’s Old Town is essential to supporting Leicester’s growth and economic prosperity.

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative is already having a dramatic impact on the buildings in this area, and we have seen some fantastic new businesses attracted to the area in the last year.

“We want to build on that by with this programme of street improvements and help create an even more attractive environment for pedestrians, visitors and potential investors.”

Full details of road closures and diversions required for the planned works will be released closer to the start date.

A final decision on the proposed funding for Millstone Lane and Wycliffe Street improvements will be made on Friday 9 December.