Work began this week on the major refurbishment of Lyceum Square in Crewe.
The £1.7 million project has as been jointly funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Cheshire East Council (CEC).
The refurbishment will include:
· A new, modern market café.
· High specification toilets with disabled changing facilities.
· Bespoke granite seating areas.
· New, modern lighting and cycle stands.
· 54 car park spaces with disabled car parking.
The work is expected to take six months to complete.
On Monday January 11, all traders from the town centre’s outdoor market were moved to their temporary home at the nearby Market Square.
Local market traders have been involved in this project, with two separate drop-in consultation sessions held in November and December 2009. This allowed traders to raise any questions they had about the temporary move and the refurbishment.
The indoor market will remain open as normal throughout the refurbishment.
Cabinet member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Rod Menlove said:
“I am pleased the refurbishment is now underway. Once complete, Lyceum Square will become one of Crewe town centre’s iconic developments.
I would like to thank local traders and shoppers for their continued patience and understanding. Every effort has been made to minimise disruption and market traders have been involved in the consultation process.
“This is what people in Crewe deserve; a contemporary, comfortable environment in which to trade and shop.”
Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, Councillor Jamie Macrae added: “The future prosperity of Crewe is a main priority for Cheshire East Council and we are delighted that this project is now up and running.
“As Cheshire East’s largest town, Crewe’s future economic growth and a resulting healthy economy will not only benefit its own businesses and residents, but also build on the strength of Cheshire East and indeed, the whole region.”
Paul Lakin, Executive Director of Land and Property at the NWDA, said:
“The regeneration work planned at Lyceum Square will be a significant boost to the image of the town centre and will bring real economic benefits for Crewe. It is excellent that work is beginning and the new Lyceum Square will be soon ready to attract new visitors and investors to Crewe. “