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Iron Horse Ranch House in Market Deeping to erect outside bar and food kiosk

A popular riverside venue is to erect an outside bar and food kiosk so customers can enjoy the warm summer nights.

Richard Swinscoe of Blue Ridge Holdings has gained planning permission for the buildings at the Iron Horse Ranch House, at 2 High Street, Market Deeping.

The application said before Iron Horse Ranch House took over the premises in 2013, the site at the back had been a long term eyesore due to a large condemned asbestos workshop left over from a car dealership sited there 50 years ago.

Richard Swinscoe (10793121)
Richard Swinscoe (10793121)

The asbestos building was then removed, leaving a concrete base for use as a motorcycle parking area./seating area that also hosted charity/ music events.

Iron Horse added a mobile burger van for Thursday evening ‘bike nights’ over the summer, which attract more than 150 bikers from across the East Midlands.The site also became used for weddings, civic events and beer festivals.

The application said covering an existing steel container used to store equipment with timber would be more pleasing on the eye from the riverside. The business would also replace the current mobile burger van with a permanent food and drink kiosk, with outside bar.

The redevelopment would also feature a covered decking area in place of the existing, raised gravel area, to provide a riverside seating area, which will double as an outside stage area for outside events. A further open air decked area with picnic tables would create a pleasant sun trap.

The application added: “Our aim is to make this a safe, family-friendly facility for the local community that maximises the superb location next to the River Welland and draws more visitors into town for everybody’s benefit. By doing so we hope to finally remedy a long required visual blight on this particular part of the river bank.”

Richard told the Mercury he plans to start work on the scheme in June, for completion in July.

“We are trying to make the most of the riverside. The River Welland is a pretty area and we attract bikers who travel up to 100 miles. The site will also give ramblers and dog walkers somewhere to sit.”

He added he was talking to musicians, singers and poets about Sunday sessions with singing and poetry recitals, due for launch in August.

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