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Melton Mowbray town centre revamp starts

Melton Mowbray
Image caption It is hoped the improvements will inject new life into the area

Work has begun on a scheme to revamp a Leicestershire town centre.

The improvements to Melton Mowbray include the excavation and resurfacing of the market square and replacing damaged drainage gratings.

Some of the existing street furniture will be removed to create a more open area, said the county council.

It is hoped the £100,000 scheme will make the area more vibrant and accessible. The work is due to be completed by early April.

Town 'centrepiece'

Lesley Pendleton, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The market place is the centrepiece of the town and is due for an overhaul.

"The changes are designed to reduce the increasingly heavy cost of ongoing minor repairs and at the same time inject a new lease of life into the area.

"By improving its condition and creating a more open aspect, the area will be better suited to the operation of the market and public events."

The project has been jointly funded by Leicestershire County Council, Melton Borough Council and the Melton Town Estate.

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