Culture city Hull faces garden dilemma

by Julia Bradley on January 7, 2014

The former Lord Mayor of Hull has urged councillors to redevelop the city’s once-resplendent Queens Gardens before 2017, when Hull becomes the UK City of Culture.

Addressing a council planning committee, Danny Brown said: “We all want the best for the city and Queens Gardens always tends to be referred to as the jewel in the crown of the city centre.

“Redeveloping Queen Gardens has to take place because we have been given a great incentive with Hull being awarded City of Culture in 2017.

“If all we do is end up meeting here after 2017 and Queens Gardens is still the same as it is now, then we will have completely failed and let the city down. The time is right to make a start.”

There have been many proposals to improve the park over the years, but nothing has happened and there is little funding earmarked for the project.

Now, the city council has asked property contractors NPS to draw up a new plan for the rundown area, which it is hoped will finally lead to an colourful upgrade.

Councillor John Fareham said he is in favour of an alternative plan for the area, which would bring the open space back onto one level by filling in a sunken garden area at the park’s eastern end.

He said: “This is the only piece of open land in the city centre. We need to bring it back into better use.”

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Julia Bradley

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