Competition launched to inject life into Chichester streets

BOLD plans have been announced to inject life into Chichester’s city centre.

After successfully winning its fight for the Business Improvement District in October last year, the Chichester City Centre Partnership is starting a competition to improve the street scene of the city centre’s side streets.

There is a budget of £20,000 for implementation, but it could be added to with grant funding, and lottery funding.

Barry Jenkins from the CCCP said: “While many of the UK’s high streets have suffered in the past few years, Chichester has become one of the best-performing historic centres in terms of visitor numbers and retail activity.

“The partnership recognises the importance of national chain stores, and local independent businesses in making Chichester a place people want to visit.

“To ensure this continues, we want to emphasise the diversity of our independent retail sector many of which are in the secondary streets by developing a scheme or number of schemes that enhance these trading areas.”

The aim is to support independent retailers in the secondary streets – Crane Street, St Martins, Little London, Baffins Lane, Cooper Street and The Hornet, St Pancras and the north end of Market Road.

Crane Street will be the first street open to discussion, with the rest to follow in the coming years.

CCCP is inviting professional designers, artists, architects and landscapers to take part in a design competition of propose a scheme or idea that will ensure the secondary streets form part of a visitors journey around our city.

A shortlist of three will be drawn up, and given £500 each to submit full concept drawings.

The deadline is March 31.

To express an interest, call 01243 534667, or email klong@chichester.gov.uk.