Cafe culture in Gloucester moves a step closer after plans to remove bollards and clean the Gate streets
EUROPEAN cafe culture in Gloucester's Gate streets is set to become a reality.
Gloucester City Council has longed for a more cosmopolitan flavour to the city centre for some time, and new plans hope to bring that dream a step closer.
Highways teams are expected to swoop on Northgate, Southgate, Eastgate and Westgate Streets this week to remove space-hogging bollards and also to mend cracked paving slabs.
The idea behind the move is to rejuvenate the city centre to attract more people and also to free up the streets so cleaning vehicles can do a more thorough job.
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Gloucester city councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) said: "I think this will be brilliant for the city centre.
"I have been in the city centre marking the bollards to be removed with green paint, it is basically every other one.
"At the moment the cleaning vehicle can't get in between them so this will make the whole place look a lot cleaner.
"There are also quite a few tired old paving slabs around which need replacing.
"Generally this should really drive forward the cafe culture vision that we want in Gloucester."
There are also plans to install four sets of hanging baskets on each corner of the Cross.
Ivan Taylor, chairman of the Westgate Quarter and owner of Truscott Jewellers, said: "The traders have really highlighted how jaded and tired the pedestrianised sections are looking. It is great news that they are working on them.
"I believe a fund should be set up so in future maintenance can be kept on top of."