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Major revamp plan for King’s Square in York
10:07am Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
PLANS for a major revamp of one of York city centre’s most popular squares have been revealed.
Residents and visitors are being invited to have their say on the proposals for King’s Square, which include creating more space for pedestrians and street performers.
One of the three options also involves new outdoor café seating along the edge of the square – although not outside the tourism attraction, York’s Chocolate Story, where a street café was bitterly opposed last year by street entertainers.
The performers, who feared being squeezed out, were supported by veteran TV actor and comedian Roy Hudd, and the plans were eventually shelved.
The new schemes involve the narrowing of the road running past the square, which is believed to result in a reduction of three or four disabled parking spaces, and the removal of unnecessary signage and street furniture.
The proposals are part of the city-centre initiative called Reinvigorate York, which was launched in 2011. Sir Ron Cooke, chair of Reinvigorate York, said the quality of York’s inner-city public spaces was fundamental to sustaining the city’s present and future prosperity.
He said: “The council’s initiative provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the core area, and I encourage as many people as possible to take part in this consultation.”
Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for planning, sustainability and transport, said Reinvigorate York would provide a lasting legacy, enhancing the public realm and supporting city centre retailers and attractions.
“This consultation is about getting the details right for the long term future of this important square.”
The consultation will run between Monday, February 4, to Monday, February 25, by going to york.gov.uk/consultation, emailing email@example.com or phoning 01904 551550. An exhibition will also be held at York Explore Library Learning Centre.