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News - 31 March 2003
Jubilee Street Returns from Dereliction
Jubilee Street - the site of the new library - has been reinstated, literally carved out of the dirt of the derelict site in the North Laine after 3 decades of neglect. There is no doubt that the regeneration of the site was long overdue and the new library and retail space offer a tremendous opportunity for the North Laine but it also poses challenges
Once redeveloped the library square will have a built environment second to none in the city. The very best of materials will be used to create thousands of square metres of new retail space of the highest quality and it is essential that the rest of the North Laine can offer a comparable environment for visitors and shoppers.
This will have to involve improvements in the streetscene itself, some of which are already in progress e.g. street washing, graffiti removal, new litter bins etc but also traders taking care to enhance their own individual properties. Perhaps most worrying is the ability of Gardner Street, which runs parallel to the new square, to compete. With its black top carriageway, poor street lighting, concrete slab pavements and the row of parked cars down one side it may prove an unattractive alternative to "granite floors and marble halls" of Jubilee Street. There is a possibility that this street may become a weak link once the library site is finished but the NLTA is working closely with traders to try to avoid this outcome.
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