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£490,000 revamp of King's Square to begin
1:18pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A £490,000 revamp of King’s Square in York city centre will start next week, after work was postponed.
The 12-week scheme to repave and remodel the square gets under way on Monday, having been put back from earlier this year by City of York Council after concerns were raised by local businesses.
The work will be completed before St Nicholas Fayre starts at the end of November, with the second phase of the project, involving road reconstruction work, due to be carried out next spring.
The scheme, part of the council’s Reinvigorate York initiative, will include improved seating, better pedestrian access and street-performance space and has been backed by local businesses including Barnitts, York’s Chocolate Story and The Last Drop pub, as well as York Retail Forum.
Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for planning, said: “King’s Square is the first of six Reinvigorate York schemes and a difficult one to carry out, so it’s important it sets a good precedent - the square needs quite a radical rethink to make it a world-class space and, by this transformation, we are going to provide a much better quality public space.”
Reinvigorate York chairman Sir Ron Cooke said: “King’s Square is not only looking run-down, it is also becoming much more congested and there is increasing competition for space among important activities, so the major aim of the project is to improve quality while creating more space and improving effectiveness.”
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