Planters and bollards plan for Boston Market Place

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New planters and bollards to stall illegal parkers and increase pedestrian safety could finally be on the cards for Boston’s Market Place.

The proposals have been made by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) in response to concerns from the public, traders and organisations.

Since the £2 million project to revamp the Market Place was completed last year, complaints have been made about illegal parking, motorists not having a clearly defined route through the area and pedestrians feeling unsafe as they cross.

Plans for the latest proposals show 25 wooden planters and two removable bollards which section off an area of the Market Place from the Herbert Ingram Memorial up to the former Beijing Buffet restaurant.

Hamish McConchie, LCC’s principal highways officer, said: “The potential changes are designed to preserve the open space of the Market Place and enhance the look of the area, whilst addressing a number of problems such as parking.”

The council says the planters will help to clarify where motorists can and cannot park, and identify the pedestrian thoroughfares.

The new layout would also allow for more street activities to take place – which was part of the original plans for the Market Place revamp.

The bollards can be adjusted to suit certain events such as the May Fair and moved to enable access for deliveries.

The proposals include plans for affected businesses to have access to keys to remove the bollards .

Mr McConchie added: “I must stress that these are only proposals at this stage and we are consulting the local community to seek their views.”