£365,000 of city centre improvements announced
CITY centre improvements to the tune of £365,000 will pave the way for a more vibrant Gloucester, city council bosses have said.
A £2million windfall from the development of Tesco at St Oswald's was bestowed upon Gloucester City Council to be used on city improvements.
But it emerged last week that £365,000 of the cash still remains unspent.
Now leaders have drawn up a wish list of the things they want to see improved.
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Around £20,000 will be spent on making King's Square more 'colourful' with new seating.
Mosaics that adorn Westgate Street could also be repaired after they suffered damage. That scheme would cost around £30,000.
The evening economy could benefit from street lighting improvements along Eastgate Street and Westgate Street at a cost of £75,000.
Unattractive safety fencing around St Michael's Tower, on The Cross, would be removed when essential stonework is carried out. That work would cost £100,000.
Cladding on the city's most 'ugly' buildings and new finger posts and signs around the city centre are also on the list of desired projects.
Mick Thorpe, group manager for planning and economy at the council, said: "The council is well aware of the difficulties that town and city centres throughout the country are suffering.
"Cabinet has set up the City Centre Investment Fund utilising some of the money to help support the attractiveness, vitality and viability of the centre and build on the considerable amount of successful work already being carried out."
Proposals to spend the rest of the money were approved by the council's cabinet at a meeting last Wednesday.
Councillor Fred Wood (C, Quedgeley Fieldcourt) said: "Improvements like these can make Gloucester a more attractive place for everyone."
Cladding for the King's Walk car park, the Longsmith multi-storey car park, the Wilkinson's building and the B&M Bargains building has been welcomed.
Barry Leach, from the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: "Some of these buildings which have blank walls of concrete have little in the way of options left for them, so anything to improve their facade should be welcomed."