Gloucester’s own Business Improvement District (BID) – Overwhelmingly approved by traders in a ballot, this will bring £2.4 million of investment in supporting the city centre over the next 5 years.
City Protection Officers – Supported by the BID, City Council and Police & Crime Commissioner, City Protection Officers will take to the city centre streets in the next few weeks. They will deal with anti-social behaviour and tackle environmental offences like dropping litter.
More students – 300 University of Gloucestershire students will be living at Blackfriars in a year’s time, with more to follow thanks to the expansion of the University and Hartpury College.
Project Pilgrim – Already making good progress, this multi-million pound Heritage Lottery Fund scheme will improve the setting and the facilities at the Cathedral, our biggest asset.
Kings Walk – Now bought by a partnership of Reef Estates and the City Council, much-needed investment in this rather tired shopping centre will happen very soon.
Former BHS store – Standing empty after the department store went bust, rumours have it that this prominent unit will be filled by a big name (or two) following a major refurbishment, giving Eastgate Street a major boost. Annoucements are apparently due very shortly
Former Kwik Save site – This long-term derelict site bordering Black Dog Way, Northgate Street and Worcester Street is being developed for 90 new homes, bringing more people to live in the city centre.
New bus station – We’ve been waiting for it long enough, but the new bus station will be finished next August. Even with some enforced design changes, it will be a million times better than what we’ve been used to.
Jumpin Jaks – This former nightclub on Brunswick Road has been derelict for well over a decade. Work has now started to reopen it as a bar/restaurant/club.
Digital High Street – Gloucester has positioned itself at the forefront of the digital high street revolution. This won’t mean much to a lot of people at the moment, but long-term it’s vital for the city centre’s prosperity. Further announcements in October