A £500,000 investment in one of the city-centre’s most popular streets could get the green light from a senior councillor next week.

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The executive member for transport and planning, Councillor Peter Dew, will consider a host of improvements for Fossgate at his decision-session on Thursday 15 November.

Over 150 businesses and residents responded to a public consultation on the plans, giving their views on how the investment could enhance and attract more visitors to the vibrant, distinct street in the heart of York. These responses helped to refine the proposals, which include:

  • Relaying the road surface and repaving the Yorkstone paths, replacing any tired or broken parts
  • Creating more attractive junctions at both ends of Fossgate, and widening the narrow footpaths at the Pavement end
  • Introducing new wider ‘built-out’ sections with street furniture such as bike stands and benches

Executive member for Transport and planning, Cllr Peter Dew, said: “Fossgate is one of York’s well known and highly regarded shopping and socialising streets with a range of quality independent businesses.

“We want to ensure these improvements reflect the views of the streets varied residents and businesses to help make the area more prosperous for all. Following the consultation, officers have refined the scheme to take these views into account.”

Executive member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Cllr Keith Aspden, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to reply to the Fossgate consultation. Officers have taken these comments on board and amended the scheme in a bid to ensure the investment benefits residents, businesses and visitors and helps this much-loved street continue to prosper.”

Throughout the consultation period pedestrianisation of the street was one of the ongoing themes with several groups both for and against this. Therefore the option to run a more focused consultation in the future looking at the possibility of pedestrianising the street either partially or fully has been included in the report.

Earlier this year, the council changed the direction of traffic along Fossgate, significantly reducing the amount of through-traffic along the street.

For more information about the Fossgate improvements visit