see news story), after virtual-lancaster highlighted the proposal within the Lancaster Square Routes plan.
Nestling in the papers for this week's upcoming Cabinet meeting yesterday was the suggestion to close Chancery Lane
(PDF link), the ginnel beside TK-Max which connects Market Square with
Church Street. Council papers stated the proposed gating of the thoroughfare was in
repsonse to "a longstanding concern of the Police in terms of
But after objections from several quarters, including the national charity Living Streets, councillors decided to defer a decision, although Lancashire County Council, as the highways authority, has the ultimate decision-making capacity on its future as a thoroughfare.
The City Council is also consulting again with the police for further detail as to why they are asking for closure of this particular ginnel (especially after there have been muggings on other city centre ginnels recently).
The officer in charge of the Square Routes scheme has also been asked to look into at what might be done to try to improve the condition of the ginnel to make it more attractive to the public.
Chancery Lane has been a public right of way for centuries, dating back to medieveal times - people lived there in the last century.