13-week Westgate work will mean road closure

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WIDE Westgate is set to be closed for 13 weeks from Monday as part of major regeneration work in Grantham town centre.

Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council are hopeful of keeping the road open for at least part of the 13 weeks but admit full closure of the road will be necessary for phases of the work.

The work follows on from the redesign of the Market Place, completed earlier this year.

Coun Eddy Poll, executive member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “These improvements will continue the revitalisation of the town centre, hopefully attracting new shoppers, visitors and investors. This should mean a valuable boost for local businesses.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to minimise disruption and hope traders will understand the long-term benefits this refurbishment will bring.”

Project leader Les Outram said the final look will be similar to the Market Place, granite for kerbs, Yorkstone slabs for footways, Yorkstone setts for parking bays and asphalt for the road.

There will also be several raised platforms, including one for a new zebra crossing and others aimed at lowering the speed to “less than 20mph”.

During the road closure, traffic diversions will be in place via Dysart Road, Wharf Road, St Peter’s Hill, High Street and the Market Place.

Mr Outram said: “Pedestrians will still be able to use the area at all times, but we will need a road closure so the work can take place safely.

“We will still allow vehicle access, whenever possible though, and will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Businesses will be kept up to date with progress with fortnightly meetings.

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