YOUR Standard can now reveal images of how Market Street will look after £500,000 of redevelopment work in Gainsborough town centre.
Last week, we reported that a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency and Lincolnshire County Council was to be put to work in January 2013 in the next phase of the £3million Public Realm Improvement Scheme.
Starting next month, 14 weeks of work will commence, including repaving of Market Street and Church Street along with installing new lighting, signage and street furniture, such as bins and benches.
As you can see from this new artsists’ impression, Market Street appears more pedestrian-friendly and with a similar appearance to the paving of Market Place.
West Lindsey District Council has said the work will see carriageways reduced and footpaths widened to enchance the link between Market Place and Marshall’s Yard, and increase footfall and trade into Gainsborough’s struggling town centre.
While many local business leaders welcomed the development, not everyone was happy about the disruption or the potential results.
Emmaloo’s Cafe owner Matthew Lonsdale said: “If they’re just going to lay down a nice new road and path then that isn’t going to make a great benefit to my business.”
The works will be completed by March 2013.
What do YOU think of the designs? A much-needed improvement or a needless waste of money? What would you like to see done to improve trade and attract more visitors? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Letters Page, 5 - 7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP.