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Leicester Square refit plan unveiled

Westminster City Council has released this image by design consultants Gillespies of what a revamped Leicester Square could look like.

The designs have been commissioned by the council to galvanise interest in a much-needed make-over for the West End tourist haven.

The council is desperate to turn the landmark into a family-friendly environment and exploit its potential entertainment uses.

Among the proposals currently on the drawing board are a new permanent stage and a larger entertainment area created by the removal of a statue at the centre of the square.

The local authority would also like to see new, modern street furniture and 'colour changing' lighting, to provide a constantly altering environment and bring activity to the area.

Councillor Simon Milton, leader of Westminster City Council, said: 'Home to British cinema and visited by up to 250,000 people a day, Leicester Square should be a stand-alone attraction in its own right for visitors to London.

'The plans we have will transform the square into a centre of entertainment in the West End, playing host to performances and exhibitions throughout the year. No longer just a walkthrough, the square will become an identified venue around the world for fun, family-friendly entertainment.

'For those who share our vision the opportunities are boundless,' Milton added.

by Rob Sharp

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