Market Place revamp to start

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A MAJOR project to revamp Market Place and Westgate in Grantham is due to begin on June 13.

Lincolnshire County Council has appointed a contractor to complete the work, which is expected to take 16 weeks.

The revamp will involve replacing worn paving with new York stone slabs and granite kerbing. New pedestrian-friendly sections areas will be introduced in Market Place, as well as a public artwork to be installed during the summer.

During the first half of the work, in Market Place, the town’s Saturday market will be moved into Westgate and Widse Westgate. During the second part of the work, in Westgate, the market will be split between Market Place and Wide Westgate. SKDC will be handing out maps to shoppers showing where their favourite stalls have been relocated to.

The work is being done as part of Grantham’s designation as a growth point, and will cost up to £1.65 million.

The councils have been discussing the plans with traders and say they will do as much as they can avoid disruption to trade during the work.

LCC project manager Les Outram said: “The disruption that is being caused is necessary whatever we do. this is 16 weeks of disruption for 60 years of benefit.”

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