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4th September 2019

Plans that could lead to £4.3m improvements to one of Hull’s most popular green spaces are to be considered by councillors.

The plans for Queens Gardens will go before Riverside Area Committee councillors next week.

The council’s Cabinet approved plans in July to bring forward the work and carry it out in one go.

A report published by the council sets out proposals to make improvements to the south side and reintroduce the dock walls and place the gardens in an historical context of once being the largest dock in England.

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Proposed new look of Queens Gardens

It would see Queens Gardens become a key connection between the Maritime Museum and the proposed North End Shipyard, as part of Hull’s maritime project.

Plans would improve accessibility with new ramps, replace garden walls with heritage railings to improve visibility and clear and improve ponds, while also improving infrastructure and lighting to better cater for events.

Wilberforce Drive would be improved for pedestrians with a crossing at either end, narrowing of the highway at the existing central crossing with a proposed 20mph limit for both Wilberforce Drive and Guildhall Road. This work will be undertaken in partnership with Hull College.

Plans would also retain remembrance trees and see the planting of 200 trees to replace 156 trees that are in a poor condition or require removal due to the design of the park.

If given the green light by the Riverside Area Committee on Wednesday 11 September, planning permission is then expected to be submitted in late October.