Watch me introduce our Connecting Leicester vision here. You can also see this at youtube.com/leicestercouncilnews.
A vision to re-connect our city
Looking back, some developments in the city, such as the ring road, have created barriers that make it difficult for people to move from one area to another and enjoy all the exciting things Leicester city centre has to offer.
We have an opportunity to take away some of these barriers and greatly improve connections between key places within and next to the city centre.
I have set out a vision to create a thriving heart of the city by improving
the connections between shopping, leisure, heritage, housing and transport facilities, all linked by accessible high quality pedestrian routes.
Why are we doing this?
Our city has a rich heritage with many gems.
But they are poorly connected and there are many barriers that prevent people moving around Leicester and understanding its story.
We aim to remedy this by implementing our Connecting Leicester vision and make real improvements though an extensive development plan that we'll deliver with our city partners.
What we want to achieve
Our priority is to create excellent connections to provide a safe and family-friendly city centre.
Connecting the different parts of the city centre and reducing the dominance of roads would create an attractive, pedestrian-friendly, environment for local people to enjoy their historic city.
It would also help businesses to flourish and attract new visitors to what we know is an interesting and exciting place.
Our city has many unique heritage, retail, leisure and cultural highlights which could be better linked together to create a strong and vibrant centre.
Whilst Leicester benefits from a flat and walkable central area, less sensitive developments in the past have created barriers to easy movement between different areas.
Our first projects
Connecting Leicester is our focus for bringing together these special buildings and places through a series of key projects over the next five years.
Together these can make the city an attractive destination for shoppers, visitors, businesses and investors and a great place to live.
I'm proud to announce our first six Connecting Leicester projects, which are:
Click on the links above to find out more about each of our projects.
Getting your views on Jubilee Square concept design
Last year, I invited you to comment on our proposals to create Jubilee Square at the end of High Street. You can download a copy of the findings report at the bottom of this page.
Your comments helped us create the new concept design, which you can see on our Jubilee Square page.
Our 2nd consultation on that concept design closed in December 2012. Thanks to everyone who had their say online and came to our roadshows. Download your copy of the findings report at the bottom of this page.
Read our latest press release on Jubilee Square.
Download our leaflet and presentation
Download your copy of our Connecting Leicester leaflet and presentation at the bottom of this page. To view these, you'll need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website*.
Or read our electronic magazine versions, which requires Flash Player plug-in software (also available from the Adobe website*):
*Leicester City Council is not responsible for the content and services on external websites or any software downloaded to your computer.