Bollards set to replace planters in Market

Planters in the market are set to be replaced by bollards.
Planters in the market are set to be replaced by bollards.

The next stage in the town’s Market Place development is set to start on Monday with the installation of ‘cast iron’ bollards.

Lincolnshire County Council will be removing the existing planters from around the Market Place, which have been used to seperate the ‘pedestrian priority’ area from the rest.

They will be replaced with metal bollards, similar to some in South Street, which will look like they are made of cast iron.

Coun Paul Skinner, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the town centre, said: “The trial planters have been a success in providing separation to an area of the Market Place, as well as colour.

“I look forward to the installation of a more permanent and manageable solution for the Market Place, along with the area building upon its successes.”

A council spokesman confirmed there will be no chains linking them, but the bollards will be close enough together that vehicles won’t be able to get through.

It is hoped the new bollards will ‘help maintain the open aspect of the historic town centre area’.

The spokesman added: “Historic England considers Boston Market Place to be the most significant in the region due to its heritage.

“In order to minimise disruption these works will be undertaken just a few bollards at a time over a period of two months, with no works on Market Days or during any events.”

The wooden planters will be re-used to ‘provide a lift to other areas of the town where they can add attractive amounts of colour’ said the spokesman.

Boston’s Market Place has divided opinion since it underwent a £2 million refurbishment in 2012 using a £1.1 million contribution from the European Regional Development Fund.

Some praise the new look area, while others have criticised it for confusing pedestrians and motorists