Plans to create a gay village in Liverpool’s city centre have moved a step closer after the legal process of pedestrianising two roads was completed.

Cumberland Street and Stanley Street will now be pedestrian-only seven nights a week. Stanley Street will close to cars at 10pm and Cumberland Street will be pedestrians only from 6pm. Cars will be allowed to pass through from 6am.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the work is to begin within the next few weeks.

Steps to create a gay area to rival that of Manchester and Leeds have been a long time coming for Liverpool residents.

Initially, Cumberland Street and Stanley Street were to be closed to cars at night between Thursday and Monday.

However, before the scheme could be expanded to seven days a week, councillors had to consult residents and local business owners again, meaning that the gay village could not be created until after the end of the busy summer season.