Work has started on a regeneration project in Burslem town centre that will see a new public space created for community events.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is investing to transform Market Place, next to the town hall, and make it a focal point for the town.
The work will involve installing new paving, lighting and seating. Other features include powered points for market stalls or even a small stage during events, and a public toilet.
Once finished, the new space will be able to be used to showcase and support a range of community events throughout the year, such as the Our Burslem Festival.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “I’m delighted to see work on this important scheme getting under way. When finished, the revamped space will give Burslem a focal point for community activity in the town which everyone can enjoy.
“The area sits next to the iconic town hall, which is now home to more than 100 students from the Haywood Academy – a move that has breathed new life into the town. This work will not only improve the overall appearance of the town centre but create a more welcoming environment, increase footfall and also boost confidence for potential investors.
“We are committed to investing and improving all of the six towns that make up our wonderful city, and giving communities great, vibrant places to live and work.”
The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.
Community champion June Cartwright, founded of ‘Our Burslem’ Facebook group , said: “Market Place is one of the initial sights that people come across when they enter Burslem and as we all know, first impressions count. This work will give Market Place a much-needed facelift and I am looking forward to hosting events there for years to come.”
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