Market Place regeneration is set to start this week

VISITORS to the centre of Boston will be facing disruption at the end of this week as work begins on the regeneration of the Market Place.

The £2 million revamp of the historic area got underway on Monday, when contractors set up a compound off site to be used as a base of operations.

Signs have also been put up to show the extent of the project, which aims to refurbish, improve and modernise the Market Place.

Amanda Bond, senior development officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said that work would begin in earnest over the next couple of days.

She added: “Once everything is in place, they’ll begin with the improvements to the footpaths. At the same time they’ll be opening up the first of the four trenches for the Boston Big Dig, which kicks off next Monday.

“These improvements should give the Market Place a new lease of life, attracting new shoppers, visitors and businesses.”

Changes to take place during the revamp, which is due to take around four to six months, include the installation of new pedestrian areas, the return of the landmark five lamps feature, and re-surfacing work.

One of the most controversial changes will be a drop in car parking spaces from 110 to 40.

This project will see Boston’s market moved away from its traditional home for the first time in its 500-year history.

From this weekend, and for the next eight months, the twice-weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays will move to Wide Bargate, stretching down both sides of the road from Bargate Straits to Coneys.

All 102 stalls are set to take part in the temporary move and signs will be erected at either end of the site to show shoppers where to find their favourite stalls.

Parking provisions on the Market Place will also be affected by the work, but temporary disabled bays will be set up in Bargate Green and Custom House Quay car parks to compensate.

Short stay tarriffs will be available for people needing to pop to the banks and the post office.