Planters that were part of £1.7m revamp of the Market Place in Grantham moved to St Catherine's Road paddock
Residents in Grantham are asking why large planters which were part of a £1.7m revamp of the Market Place have been moved.
The wooden tubs containing silver birch trees were installed by South Kesteven District Council to enhance the town centre and attract shoppers, but have since been moved to a paddock off St Catherine’s Road.
Lynda North, who lives in the town, said they had been installed in the expensively paved area around the Market Cross and were supposed to be an “improvement” on a very popular parking area.
She said: “Obviously this was yet another badly thought out idea by our council as all eight boxed trees have recently appeared in the paddock between St Catherine’s Road and Stonebridge Road.
“I wonder how long they will last as one has already been vandalised after only a couple of weeks!
“I’d like to know what ridiculous idea they are planning for the complete waste of space around the Market Cross? Maybe they could bring back parking - and much needed people.”
Her views were echoed by another resident in a letter to the Journal. Sam Jarvis said: “I’m amazed that anyone could have signed off on the appalling installation. Firstly I’m not sure they are right for the surrounding area anyway.
“It’s made the paddock look worse, when it’s a beautiful area as is the rest of the river walk. My biggest gripe is that Grantham doesn’t get a lot of money allocated to improvement such as this. It’s such a waste of money obviously designed by someone who doesn’t care and hasn’t a clue about the location and setting.”
SKDC confirmed the planters were moved a year and a half ago but had recently been relocated to The Paddock.
Cabinet member for commercial and operations, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley (Con), said: “These planters have been away from the Market Place for 18 months and have now been moved somewhere they will thrive.
“The change has been very well-received, and we hope they continue to bring some enjoyment to residents and visitors to the area.”