Continental money, local expertise and people power will help transform an area populated by street drinkers.

Brighton and Hove City Council has been awarded a six-figure sum from the European Union to transform Ann Street in Brighton.

It will be one of a number of similar projects going on across the continent, including the square outside the Eurostar Terminal at Lille and The Green in Aberdeen.

Brighton and Hove City Council has picked the Ann Street and Providence Place area in Brighton and wants to turn it into a successful and well-used space.

Bosses say the public will have control over what is included in the area, which is part of the London Road masterplan.

The work is part of the Lively Cities programme - a four-year project designed for those already living in the city rather than for tourists.

It could see the road, which is used as a thoroughfare between Brighton station and London Road, use the £250,000 to introduce street art, exhibition space and areas for games.Volunteers will be carrying out a site assessment in the project area between September 23 and 27.

Planners and designers will be invited to come up with proposals for the area early next year with the winning plans selected through public exhibition and public vote.

Public realm cabinet member Ian Davey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide a successful space that will meet the needs of the local community and help improve the environment of the London Road area.”

An online questionnaire will also be made available.

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