Statue in Vilnius, Lithuania. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Lockdown opens out: Vilnius becomes city-sized fresh-air restaurant

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is to turn over many of its streets and open spaces to bars, restaurants and cafés to allow the catering industry to return to work, while people can maintain social distancing to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Many of the city’s public spaces – which until now have rarely been used for outdoor eating, such as the city’s Cathedral Square in the Unesco-listed Old Town – are now open to support the city’s restaurants. The announcement was made on Friday, and by Monday morning 162 business…

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Forge Island scheme, Rotherham

Plans unveiled: multi-million leisure scheme for Rotherham

Urban regenerator, Muse Developments, has submitted an outline planning application for a “game-changing” mixed-use destination, designed to bring increased vibrancy to the heart of Rotherham. The Forge Island plans for the town centre are now with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. They include a cinema, food and drink outlets, a hotel, and a car park, with the new leisure facilities set within an attractive public space and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre. Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re at the next stage on the…

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Aerial CGI of Northgate development, Chester

Development under review due to ‘significant’ impact of pandemic

CHESTER’S £69 million Northgate Development is under review as the council admits the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis could “significantly” affect the long-awaited regeneration scheme. The project to deliver a new cinema, market hall, restaurants, shops and office space to the city centre is one of a number of schemes in the borough which is to be reviewed to “consider the impact on potential costs and deliverability”. Andrew Lewis, chief executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council, refers to a “commercially sensitive” update in a report to the cabinet…

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