Facelift for Spalding street

Facelift during January: Red Lion Street in Spalding
Facelift during January: Red Lion Street in Spalding
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An overhaul is planned ahead of the opening of the new Red Lion Quarter – and traders have been promised minimal disruption from the work.

Lincolnshire County Council will carry out a £120,000 facelift for Red Lion Street next month in time for the £6.5 million centre’s opening in March.

The Highways team aims to begin the work from the week beginning January 10 and said it will need to close the road – but says it will maintain access to businesses for pedestrians and work around traders’ needs where possible.

The work will involve rebuilding the road and pavement, installing block paving, putting in a ramp at the New Road entrance and installing retractable bollards at the other end of the street.

Double yellow lines will be put in along the whole street and disabled parking bays will be retained, but moved.

The revamp cash is split between £40,000 from Lincolnshire County Council, £23,707 “section 106” money given to South Holland District Council by the Springfields planning deal and £56,293 previously earmarked to improve Swan Walk.

The district council previously decided to move the funding after failing to secure the full £150,000 needed for Swan Walk.

Flowers N Things partner Jane Fletcher welcomed the plans for the street and said the shop had been assured there would still be access while the work is going on.

She said: “The builders have been more than considerate – they’ve been absolutely superb – so we are hoping that the highways people will be equally considerate.

“We are very excited about the Red Lion Quarter. It is a much more pleasant outlook for everybody down here and we are hoping it brings a lot more people.”

Red Lion Hotel owner Nigel Wilkins said he has asked highways to keep disruption to a minimium on market days – when businesses will be unable to get access from the Market Place.

He is also looking forward to the opening of the centre, which will house a restaurant, Boston College and a food court.

Mr Wilkins said: “It will certainly bring more people to this part of town and that has got to be a good thing.”