Public views to shape Sheffield's 'Knowledge Gateway' scheme

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Feedback from Sheffield residents will be used to shape a plan to 'transform' a city centre route.

The city council wants to upgrade the route running along the Lower Sheaf and Porter Valley between the railway station and Sidney Street - known as the 'Knowledge Gateway'.

A regenerated Fitzalan Square.

A regenerated Fitzalan Square.

A key aim is to improve accessibility and safety for all road users, and to improve the environment along the route to 'encourage new investment and create jobs'.

Fitzalan Square would also be regenerated as part of the £5.6 million scheme.

About 250 people gave their feedback on a consultation into the plans, and the council says that will now be used to shape the plan.

Deputy leader Coun Leigh Bramall said: “Over a two week period at two separate locations, almost 200 people attended our public drop-in sessions and gave us their views about the Sheffield Knowledge Gateway scheme, which will improve the roads and public realm through the city centre from Fitzalan Square to Sidney Street.

"We also encouraged feedback by email.

“In total we have had almost 250 responses, which is a good level of engagement compared to similar consultation activity.

“Although all of the relevant web links and information could be found online, I do accept that this could have been clearer and we will make sure this happens in the future.

“We will be using the feedback to inform the detailed designs before submitting an updated funding bid to the Sheffield City Region.

“I’m very pleased this part of the scheme is progressing. We have already completed improvements at the University of Sheffield and this part of the project will benefit the areas around Sheffield Hallam University and the Cultural Industries Quarter.’’

Fitzalan Square will be modernised by closing one of the bus routes and creating a new pedestrian area, and improve Esperanto Place by demolishing two shops in Arundel Gate to reopen a link to Norfolk Street.

The project also includes a proposal to 're-naturalise' Porter Brook and create a new taxi queuing and waiting area at Sheaf Square, next to the station.

Of the estimated £5.6 million cost, £3.8 million comes from Sheffield City Region while the rest will come from the private sector, including Sheffield Hallam University.

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