PLANS for a new public square outside Kidderminster Town Hall have taken another step forward.

Worcestershire County Council is set to put £1.5 million towards the £2 million ‘Exchange Square’ scheme, which will see Wyre Forest District Council create a redesigned space around the town hall.

Based on the design of the original Penny Black postage stamp, the new square will extend further into the town centre via Vicar Street.

The funding is due to be discussed at a full council meeting later this month.

Conservative county councillor Simon Geraghty, cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, said: “Investment in economic initiatives is a key priority for the council and this type of investment will send a positive message that the town centre is open for business.”

Conservative councillor John Campion, leader of the district council, said: “These are exciting times for Kidderminster, that will see the creation of a multi-functional public square and the opening up of the River Stour.”

Independent councillor Helen Dyke, added: “The plans proposed will make the traditional streets and spaces of Kidder - minster more attractive and will enhance the con - nectivity in the town.”

A timetable for delivering the scheme is being drawn up and it is hoped work will start on the improvements later this year.

Design plans for the area received the thumbs up from residents during a public consultation held last year.