London set to add green appeal

Westminster City Council announces £70 million vision for West End revamp

A £70m vision for London’s west end has been unveiled that will see improved public realm provision and the greening of some of the capital’s busiest streets. Westminster City Council has announced more than 60 schemes designed to confirm the appeal of central London as a retail and leisure destination. Projects include a multi-million pound redevelopment of Leicester Square and the creation of new piazzas and other public spaces to provide a better experience for shoppers. Preparation involved council officers visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall to look at best practice implementation of public spaces in sensitive settings. Simon Milton, Westminster City Council leader, said: “We are committed to providing visitors with public spaces that match the world-class shopping and entertainment that is on offer.” The New West End Company, a voluntary Business Improvement District (BID), has identified areas for improvement. See its west end vision in HW, 24 November.

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