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Old November 29th, 2007, 02:00 PM   #121
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I was on Gallowtree gate last Saturday and the light colours seemed to be all over the place. They used to change colour at the same time, or gradually as you went along. No you've got one blue one, 5 red ones and the odd green and yellow.

Not sure what was going on there
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Old November 29th, 2007, 02:07 PM   #122
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PAVING THE WAY FOR SMARTER HIGH STREET
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BY JENNY CORNISH
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10:30 - 29 November 2007



Work has begun to lay 30,000 paving slabs in Leicester's High Street.

The £6.45 million project is part of a scheme to transform streets in the city centre.

It is due to be completed by the time the £350 million Shires shopping centre extension, to be known as Highcross Leicester, opens in autumn 2008.



Andy Thomas, the city council's head of city centre development, said: "Our contractors are well into the slab-laying programme already, and have agreed a way of working with the traders which aims to keep disruption to a minimum.

"People coming into the city over the Christmas shopping period will be able to get the first glimpses of the new-look High Street that's taking shape."

The first slabs have started going down outside Irish clothing store.

Manager Tom Brown said: "It is disrupting trade but once it's done, we'll be happy."

He said the new surface was looking good.

"It's beautiful. It's a vast improvement," he said.

Councillor Patrick Kitterick, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "We're now seeing the transformation of the High Street. It will become a great gateway into the city."

Contractor Balfour Beatty is avoiding entrances to the Shires over the Christmas period so that festive shoppers are not inconvenienced.

It has agreed plans with the High Street traders to move down the road in nine metre square bays.

The Carts Lane entrance is also being kept clear, although work is continuing on small sites in High Street, west of East Gates and Silver Street.

Most of the other roadworks in the city centre will stop over the Christmas period.

Work will resume in January, when paving work around the Clock Tower and in Horsefair Street and Market Approach will continue.

The work is part of Leicester City Council's £19 million Streets and Spaces scheme.

High Street has been closed to traffic since June 18 while preparatory work for the improvements was taking place.

Buses have been rerouted and traffic stopped from entering the main shopping street.

When it is finished, there will be about 40 extra trees, granite paving and new seating. The area will remain pedestrianised.

Plans for a sculpture and water fountains around the Clock Tower were dropped this year.

Proposals had been put forward for a striking timber arch and fountains to mark the site of the city's medieval East Gate, where High Street meets the Clock Tower.

However, council bosses said they would go back to the drawing board after criticism of the plan.

They said there were currently no plans to commission any public art for that area.

From Todays Mercury. Starting to look very good on high street
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Old November 29th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #123
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the pavers are slow as ****, theres about five pavers wen they onley need two, they seem to take it in turns leaning on the brush. i know all the tricks and there playing them well, and the new health and safety shit thats springing up evreywhere wiv the ******* council means its taking five times longer than it should.

and the shop people moaning that its hitting bussines, ******* idiots, if someone wants to buy something from there shop they will, the entrances are still accessible. it will just mean browsers wiv **** all to do mite not go in, but roadworks aint going to deter serious shoppers. the crappy range of goods in most leicester shops are wots keeping the customer away
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Old November 30th, 2007, 12:44 AM   #124
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i'm going to start walking around town with a baton and hitting people who vandalise stuff!
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Old December 12th, 2007, 12:21 AM   #125
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Return of the Seamstress marks scheme’s completion

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THE LEICESTER Seamstress has returned to her rightful place on Hotel Street – on a new plinth and in a newly paved space.

The bronze statue of an 18th century hosiery worker has been a familiar landmark outside the City Rooms since 1990. But when contractors moved on to the site in March to start laying a new pink granite surface, the statue was carefully removed and put into storage.

Now that the work is over, the city council will mark the completion of the Hotel Street scheme by unveiling the spruced-up Seamstress at a ceremony on Thursday (13th).

“We’ve taken the opportunity to give the statue a bit of a clean and carry out some minor repairs to make sure that the Seamstress is looking her best,” said cabinet member for culture, Cllr Andy Connelly.

“We’ve also given her a new granite plinth, to match her refurbished surroundings, and installed new lighting to illuminate her face at night.”

Pink granite setts have been used to pave the area, with new lighting, litterbins and polished pink granite seating completing the scheme.

Space for a street café outside the City Rooms has also been provided.

A temporary tarmac surface has been laid around the trees in front of the Grade I listed building, but this will be replaced in the New Year by a specialised porous surface that will allow rainwater to reach the trees’ roots.

“What we have on Hotel Street now is an attractive new public space, which gives a beautiful building – the City Rooms – the setting it deserves,” said cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Patrick Kitterick.

Cllr Kitterick will unveil the statue at 5.30pm on Thursday (13th), but members of the public can enjoy some festive entertainment – including a brass band and carol singers – from 5pm onwards.

There’ll be complimentary mince pies, courtesy of the City Rooms, while mulled wine and other refreshments will be available to purchase from the revamped bar in the City Rooms.

The refurbishment of the pedestrianised section of Hotel Street is part of the city council’s three-year Streets & Spaces project – a public realm improvement programme that will transform many of Leicester’s main shopping streets by the time the new Highcross Leicester development opens in autumn 2008.

For more information about Leicester’s on-going regeneration, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/regeneration
Leicester City Council website news, 11th December, 2007
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Old December 12th, 2007, 06:42 AM   #126
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I've missed that statue, that lady is a landmark for that whole area!
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Old December 12th, 2007, 04:58 PM   #127
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She'll look nice outside the refurbed 'City Rooms' Banqueting Rooms and Hotel.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 04:38 PM   #128
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Have notices something with the Gallowtree area that has been repaved, dont know if any of you guys have notices. There are no trees along Gallowtree Gate. I know they chopped them all down when they pulled the paving up but I'm sure they said they would be replaced. They may be planning to do that but they have left no space in the current paving, no gaps etc, which would mean pulling some of the paving up. I just think it would help soften the area slightly also lighting them up at night with the strings of led lights which at this time of year look great. Just check out st Martins Sq for the effect
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Old December 13th, 2007, 07:28 PM   #129
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I agree. I think it would be nice to have the lights down one side with nice trees planed down the other (this would also hide the awful WHS + Dixons buildings) but this isn't the plan. There will be no trees between the market place and the clock tower because the council wanted to create an 'unclutted street' with uninterupted views from the top of Gallowtree gate towards the clock tower as a centre-piece.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #130
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It's interesting that Leicester seems to have fewer trees in the town centre, than just about any town centre I can think of. Humberstone Gate is a case in point - massive great space, no trees. Certainly uncluttered, or as I'd say bland and empty. It's not like there's any great works of achitecture they'd hide.

Some of the buildings on Gallowtree Gate could use a bit of hiding. Anyone know if the council have some sort of policy against trees (this seems the most likely explanation).
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Old December 13th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #131
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This has been debated many times and is an absolute disgrace. For a city with so many parks why there is a lack of greener in the centre is just barmy
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Old December 13th, 2007, 08:42 PM   #132
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I thought they were going to put some trees in planters at the market place end of Gallowtree Gate where they are working now - they're replacing the kiosk. The area looks big now all the clutter has gone and it stretches into Granby street - I wish they'd put a water feature there as planned years ago or leave it uncluttered.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #133
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I think High Street will act like our 'tree lined boulevard', with more specialist shops, Highcross and cafes. Let's hope a better class of shops are attracted there in the vacant units and elsewhere.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 01:24 PM   #134
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Anyone know if the council have some sort of policy against trees (this seems the most likely explanation).
Yes, they have. They hate trees in Leicester.

"6.1 The lack of arboreal interest serves to give Leicester a unique uncluttered urban grain, which acts as a point of distinction between it and neighbouring cities.

6.2 The development of the ring road and its cheerless sixties facades has bequeathed to the city a monotonous and unyielding grey urban panorama which would be broken up by the wilful planting of trees. Whilst the blank concrete architectural legacy is not universally appreciated, it offers a welcome contrast between the city and the lively and pleasant but potentially uniform revitalised centres of Birmingham or Nottingham. Uniquely among cities, Leicester could be marketed as "The City Without Trees".

6.3 An absence of trees in Leicester city centre leaves pavements and precincts clear for innovative transport schemes such as the proposed electric passenger movement solution ("Noddy train").

From Leicester Urban Plan 2007 - Leicester City Council
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Old December 14th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #135
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What a load of old tosh!!!

To be fair, I can't think of many other city centres that are lined with trees. But I think it would look quite nice in Leicester.
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What a load of old tosh!!!

To be fair, I can't think of many other city centres that are lined with trees. But I think it would look quite nice in Leicester.
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Try looking at a few cities with GoogleEarth, Leicester is grey in comparison. Good work, Bingethink!
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Everything always looks better on the other side of the fence. Leicester is never ever going to be good-enough. Apart from the main part of Gallowtree Gate, Humberstone Gate and Belgrave Gate; the rest of the city centre has trees and will have some more. It's not as though the city centre is devoid of trees. Yes things can be better, but we can also try and appreciate some good things that actually do happen.

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The streets and spaces scheme has really improved the look and feel of the city.
Aren't there plans to have trees along Highstreet and some of the other areas?
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Yes. They'll be about 20 all along High Street and up around the clock tower. Plus more in Market Place approach.
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