The Fishergate Central Gateway Project plans are now on public view .
Entrances to the city centre are to be transformed in a new scheme that takes advantage of £1.38m funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund with another £2m from Lancashire County Council.
Blog Preston reported on the plans to revitalise gateways into Preston last week. Public consultation on the future of the plans is now taking place taking place in a former hairdressers shop at the Fishergate Centre on Butler Street.
The basic premise is to make Preston a nicer place to visit with improvements to roads, pavements and traffic management. High quality materials will be used to create a vibrant economic environment where all businesses can thrive. We will see the introduction of better lighting, seating, bus shelters and a basic de-cluter of existing signs and rails.
Staff are on hand to talk you though the transformation and are happy to take your suggestions on any improvements to the scheme you consider worthwhile. They told me they are still speaking to all businesses directly affected by the development for their opinion and to remind that they will all remain open as usual during the works.
The message is that the scheme is not about pedestrianisation but making the available space more attractive for Prestonians and visitors alike.
Work has already started on the Ringway section as part of the first phase of the transformation. The agreement with the European Regional Development Fund is that all work must be completed by mid 2014. Dependant on funding, the scheme will progress to other entrances to the city at a later date.
Have you been to see the plans? If so let us know what you thought below