A redesign of Marlborough Square in Coalville has been approved by North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Cabinet.
Using the help of local businesses and organisations that use the square, the redesign includes pedestrianising most of the area and creating an open space that can be used for events.
The plan proposes ideas for a high quality square, including outdoor seating, new trees, a more pedestrian friendly environment, improved bus waiting areas, a new taxi rank, a Christmas tree pit, new public art, and underground power cabling to allow events to take place more easily.
The redesign comes as part of the Choose Coalville project, which aims to regenerate and build confidence in the town. This development sees NWLDC investing a further £1.1 million in the town.
The plan has been developed in consultation with 29 businesses and organisations that are based on Marlborough Square and on the surrounding roads. It has overall support from these businesses, who welcome the plans.
Paul Hocking, who owns 2 Fat Ladies Leisure Ltd., said: “We fully believe that the new proposals for the square match our ambition and aspirations for the bingo club and this plan definitely had an influence on our decision to purchase the site.
“We are totally behind the proposal and believe that this ambitious regeneration of the area can only help our business in the future. It is refreshing to see the local council is like minded and willing to work with local businesses.”
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of NWLDC, said: “We know there is a local desire to make Marlborough Square great again. Once a real central point in the town, the square is now cluttered and isn’t a nice place to be.
“If you’re going to judge a town, you judge it by its public spaces, and what we’ve got at the moment in Marlborough Square is pretty poor. These plans will put the soul back into the square, allowing the council and others to hold events there and creating a much nicer public space for Coalville.
“We’re particularly pleased that businesses and organisations around the square, and others that use it, including the bus and taxi companies, have worked with us to develop this redesign, which we believe ticks the box for most people. I’m looking forward to seeing it take shape.”