Hopes of facelift for city centre square

parksram'parks2ram'Pictured in Sheffield City Centre Fitzalan Square . King Edward VII statue

parksram'parks2ram'Pictured in Sheffield City Centre Fitzalan Square . King Edward VII statue

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FITZALAN Square in Sheffield city centre has emerged as a priority for a facelift.

Councillors hope improvements can be made to the rundown square as a result of payments by housing developers in the city centre – although housing schemes are drying up at the moment.

A council report says Fitzalan Square, which has a statue of Edward VII in the middle, was once “a major civic space, but now is somewhat disconnected from the activity of the city centre”. It has been blighted by the closure of the old post office and “domination” by vehicles.

More feasibility work will be carried out with a view to improvements and the council is taking heart from the owners of the former GPO stripping out asbestos, repairing the roof and generally making the building secure with a view to the building being brought back into use.

The authority has indicated that it is looking for a mixture of uses and, in the past, proposals have included offices, shops and a hotel.

Adbul Hanash, owner of Central News in the square, said: “The area still has quite a lot of folk walking through but it needs to be made somewhere people want to come to. The main thing would be to do something about the old post office, which is a beautiful building but in such a state.”