Londoners and tourists are set to have much improved access to Parliament Square, council chiefs have announced. Westminster Council is to install a pedestrian crossing which will run from the traffic island on St Margaret’s Street between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament to the south-east corner of the square. Once in place it will make it easier for people to get closer to the square’s statues and to secure better viewing points to take pictures of the Palace of Westminster. It comes as protestor Brian Haw marks 10 years since he first set up camp on the World Heritage site. Since then he has been joined by a plethora of tents and structures which are blocking much of the pavement and Westminster Council has since taken the matter to the High Court on the grounds that they are obstructing the public highway. The council has already widened the island traffic crossing and put down markings to make it more accessible for others. Now it is working with Transport for London to put up pedestrian traffic symbols to make the square even easier to reach. Leader of Westminster Council, Cllr Colin Barrow said: “For too long this camp has dominated the square which should be available for all. "We of course, support the right to protest and will continue to do so, but the camping out for years on end has turned the area into an eyesore. "I think they have made their point and now is the time to reclaim the square for all Londoners and their visitors once and for all. ”By installing this crossing we believe we are helping to achieve that and providing a safe way to access the square rather than a sprint across several lanes of traffic.” The camp have already been thrown off the grass, owned by the Greater London Authority, after a court ruled that they were trespassing but some of them simply decamped to the pavement, leading to the GLA having to put up metal fencing, effectively cutting off the central square area for everyone. And when the case ruling on obstruction of the highway is heard later this year, it is hoped, if the council is successful, that once the protest camp has been removed, the fences can be removed and the square restored to its former glory.