Work starts on £1.6m Grantham marketplace revamp

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A £1.6m project to upgrade the centre of a Lincolnshire town has begun.

Work on Grantham's Market Place is due to take 16 weeks to complete over two phases.

The first phase will take between eight and 10 weeks and will mean the closure of the road through the Market Place and Narrow Westgate.

Plans include replacing worn paving slabs, installing public artwork and introducing pedestrian-friendly areas.

Centre 'tired'

Local residents were asked to vote for their preferred Isaac Newton-themed sculpture.

The winner was the Orrery, designed by artist Paul Lewthwite. This depicts a device which illustrates the positions of planets in our solar system.

During the first phase, the Saturday market will be moved into Narrow Westgate and Wide Westgate.

Lincolnshire County Council spokesman Les Outram said the town centre "looks tired" and would benefit from the upgrade.

"It will lift the centre of Grantham and follows our work in Lincoln and Stamford in the past few years," he said.

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