September 23 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Work on the King’s Lynn’s Saturday Market Place - home to historical buildings such as the town hall and Minster - will begin on Monday August 18.
Footpaths will be widened to make the area more pedestrian friendly and an area for seated events will be created.
West Norfolk councillor, Lord Greville Howard said: “This is an historically significant area of the town and the project will enable people to better see and enjoy the town’s beautiful and important buildings such as the town hall and King’s Lynn Minster.”
The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, West Norfolk Council and the Norfolk County Council.
The county council say that materials including granite kerbs and Yorkstone slabs, will be used to help enhance the setting of the historic buildings nearby.
But in order for the work to take place, the Saturday Market Place will be closed to traffic until the end of October.
Lord Howard said: “There will be some inconvenience for a few weeks, for which we apologise, but we very much hope that people will continue to support the venues, attractions and businesses in the area whilst the work is ongoing.”
Whilst work is carried out on the market place, drivers will find it will be a one-way system in a southbound direction.
There will be access granted for deliveries from Church Street but large vehicles will be diverted via the Tuesday Market Place.
Car drivers will be able to travel south along Queen Street then turn right into College Lane then head south along South Quay.
There will be a set of temporary traffic lights to reach Boal Street and Millfleet.
Further traffic lights will also be at the Baker Lane car park entrance to allow vehicles to head north along Queen Street into King Street.
Additional cycle parking areas are being installed as part of the project.
Additionally, a consultation will shortly begin regarding contra-flow cycling in market place and on surrounding side roads, including South Quay.
Toby Coke, chair of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee said he thinks people will find the market place better.
He said: “Whilst there will be some disruption whilst we carry out the work, once completed, I’m confident that local people will agree that the area is a more welcoming environment for pedestrians and better suited to hosting outdoor events and activities.”
He added: “This scheme will breathe new life into the town’s original and historic market place, whilst being in keeping with the host of listed buildings nearby.”