Market to move after 500 years

FOR the first time in 500 years there will be no market in Boston’s Market Place for eight months.

Stall holders met with Boston Borough Council and found they will be moving to Wide Bargate on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for eight months.

Work in the Market Place is part of the £2 million revamp which has been given the green light by Lincolnshire County Council.

It is hoped the plans will refurbish, improve and modernise the market place.

The 102 stalls will be positioned on both sides of the road, stretching from Strait Bargate to Coneys.

Signs will be erected at both ends of the market indicating where regular shoppers can find their favourite stalls.

The meeting with stall holders was part of ongoing consultations on the Lincolnshire County Council-led revamp.

The council’s economic development officer, Ian Martin, said all the traders who attended the meeting – only one could not make it – were satisfied with the arrangements.

Mr Martin, who has been working with the market traders to make arrangements for the move, said it had been a major undertaking.

He said considerations taken included the different sizes and locations of stalls required and the need for there not to be a conflict of goods on offer.

The council’s portfolio holder for town centre development and markets, Coun Derek Richmond, said: “I personally would like to thank the stall holders for their co-operation in what must be a very disruptive time for them.

“I can assure them that we will at all times keep them up to date as the project progresses and wish them all the success in the future.

Other changes to the market place will include no parking during construction work and Bank Street closing.

Some additional temporary disabled bays will be created in Bargate Green and Custom House Quay car parks.

Short-stay tariffs will be introduced to allow customers to visit the banks and post office.

There will also be improved signage on the entry routes into the town centre to direct visitors to other car parks available in town.

Work begins on Monday, July 11 and the first market to be affected will be on Wednesday, July 13.

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