Planning permission has been granted to turn Crewe’s Lyceum Square into an events and performance space as part of the regeneration of the town centre. Crewe City Council has received £750,000 from the government’s Fast-Track Cities Fund for a scheme to improve Lyceum Square and adjacent areas.
The diet – called Ly 2 – will see the center of Lyceum Square become a mixed-use space to host events, festivals, performances and activities throughout the year. In addition to a new event stage with an integrated digital screen, the project includes colorful and multi-functional street furniture and enhancements to the plaza’s main entrance gates, including the installation of scalloped ceiling lighting, graphics floor and a wall fresco.
Ly’s vision 2 was developed by the Crewe Cultural Forum – a collaboration of over 100 Crewe residents, organizations and businesses – and aims to enhance the setting for the Lyceum Theater and Crewe Market Hall and create a cultural heart for the town centre.
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The Ly 2 The project is being carried out by Cheshire East Council and overseen by the Crewe Town Board. It is also supported by Crewe City Council.
Councilor Nick Mannion, chairman of Cheshire East Council’s Economy and Growth Committee, said: ‘It’s really positive to have this news. The Lyceum Theater and Crewe Market Hall – soon to celebrate its first anniversary of opening – are already attracting many people to this part of town.
“This regeneration project in Lyceum Square will encourage more people to visit Crewe and, when they do, to spend more time there. Ly 2 will be an inspiring, engaging and inclusive space for residents, businesses and visitors.
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Doug Kinsman, Chairman of the Crewe Town Board, said: “The Ly 2 planning decision is great news and gives us the green light to start working on this exciting project. The government announced last year that Crewe had been awarded a ‘town deal’ – a deal which comes with an allocation of up to £22.9million which will go a long way towards bringing transformational change to Crewe .
“I am delighted that with the additional financial boost from the Accelerated Cities Fund, we can start the Ly 2 project soon and continue to maintain this positive momentum in the city.
The closure of the Lyceum Square car park to allow delivery of the Ly 2 project was the subject of a consultation recently. As part of the newly approved plans for Ly 2 the current disabled parking spaces in Lyceum Square will be moved to the edge of the square to accommodate the new vision for the space as an event centre.
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