A Preston side street is to get the ‘Fishergate treatment’ as the shared space scheme expands.Advertisement
Cannon Street is to be shut for around 10 weeks as the new paving is introduced.
Costing hundreds of thousands of pounds the road is to be adapted to have a single surface.
The road is currently one-way from Cross Street to Fishergate and access-only for cars.
Work in Cannon Street will see the pavements completely removed, with one single surface put in. The Lancashire County Council say this creates more space for pedestrians and ‘encourages motorists to slow down and give way along the road’.
Read more: Fishergate bus lane is staying until April
The county council says the makeover with natural stone, similar to that used in Winckley Square, will help boost footfall down Cannon Street.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor John Fillis said: “Once completed, it’s hoped that these improvements will provide a major boost for shops and businesses based on Cannon Street. The refurbishment of Fishergate has attracted new businesses and resulted in higher footfall, so we’re aiming for a similar economic boost.
“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused while this work is carried out.”
Work is due to start on Thursday 16 February and the road will be shut during this time.
Preston City Council is working on a plan to improve the look of shop fronts in Cannon Street – with grants being given out to shop-owners to reinstate original Georgian and Victorian shop frontages.
Work in Cannon Street is to be part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Townscape Initiative – funding which has already been used for Winckley Square’s revamp.
Read more: Former shops to be torn down in Cannon Street development
Deputy leader of the city council councillor John Swindells said: “This is another fantastic element of the city centre regeneration and we are pleased to be working alongside Lancashire County Council to achieve this through our City Deal partnership with them and South Ribble.”
What do you think about the Cannon Street plans? Let us know in the comments below