‘Shops are interested in the Market Place’

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SOUTH Kesteven District Council bosses hope the new Market Place redevelopment, which starts on Monday, will bring more trade to the town - and they say that even though there is no longer a town centre manager there is a team working hard to make sure this happens.

Project officer for the Market Place development Neil Carrington said some stores have already shown interest in moving to the area after the revamp is complete.

He said: “We are trying to trade on the history of the town a bit more. When it is done we will be looking to push this part of town to retailers. Shops are already looking at the opportunities.”

From Monday phase one of the work, costing £1.65m, will begin, which will involve closing the Market Place to traffic, although the shops and bars in the area will be accessible on foot.

The market will continue on Saturdays but the stalls will be in Westgate.

The council is keen to stress that funding for the project is coming from money which was only available to be used in certain ways.

Neil said: “Quite a few years ago we got money from a development, which has got to be used on public art. We can’t spend it on anything else.”

The rest of the money was set aside for Grantham growth project meaning it could be used on the relief road.

But Neil added: “We can do something really tangible here but £1m on the relief road is a drop in the ocean.”