A landmark has been reached in the long-awaited £2m revamp of Bourne town centre as the first sod has been cut on the site in a special ceremony.
After years of planning, the site in Wherry’s Lane has finally been cleared and the foundations are set to be laid.
Work on the £2.14 million project is expected to complete in the spring.
The project includes the refurbishment of the historic Wherry’s Mill and the creation of a new adjoining building featuring ground floor retail and commercial units and 16 first and second floor apartments. Two bungalows have been demolished to make way for the work.
The district council put on the ceremony on Friday last week.
South Kesteven District Council’s leader Coun Linda Neal (Con) dug the first sod.
She said: “It is surprising how big the site looks now that it has been cleared and it is exciting to think that after years of planning and preparation building will be complete in just a few short months.
“I am certain that it will look fantastic once it is finished and be a great asset to this part of Bourne.”
The district council’s portfolio holder for grow the economy and economic development, Coun Frances Cartwright (Con) said: “This is an amazing space and I am really looking forward to see what it all looks like when the work is complete.”
The scheme has been designed to fit in with the surrounding area and it will be the first step in a much wider regeneration scheme which includes the creation of an area of serviced land suitable for future development.
The redevelopment has been in the pipeline for nine years and at one time it was hoped £27m could be spent on the town centre. However that was scaled back over the years.