London mayor backs pilot to revamp public spaces in city

Plans to turn Sloane Square into safer, more pleasant place laid out

One of the most famous squares in London could be in for a revamp if proposals before the local council get the go ahead. Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council wants to turn Sloane Square into a safer and more pleasant place. The mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has included the square among the first 10 pilot projects in his public spaces programme, which is good news for hard landscapers and possibly for tree suppliers. The plans are now open for public discussion. The council got a taste of public opinion in 2003 and put forward a document that contains two options based on retaining the gyratory road system and also two other layouts. A council representative said: “The results of the consultation showed that there was not only a strong case for improvements in Sloane Square but there were also high levels of support for a radical change if it were financially and technically feasible.” If the gyratory traffic system stays it might be possible to make improvements but there would be little scope to do much in the centre, the council said. Option two would see the re-introduction of a crossroads that adds spacious paved areas.

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