Progress on town improvement plan

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WORK on a scaled down scheme to improve part of Stamford town centre could finally start later this year.

Stamford Town Partnership’s urban group and Stamford Town Council have been working on plans to improve the east end of High Street, near the Marks & Spencer store, for three years.

Initially the project was going to spend about £30,000 on improving that area but this has been scaled back to £20,000 after a major grant was lost.

The organisers are now looking to install two benches along with an olive tree and planters on the Subway side, along with moving a street light from the centre to the Wilkinson’s side.

Chairman of the urban group Don Lambert is hoping that the project can get under way shortly if Lincolnshire County Council agree to take on responsiblility for the benches and planter.

Mr Lambert, of Argyll Way, Stamford, said: “We are hoping for a positive result and will see what happens.

“The idea is to make the east end a little more attractive and open.”

The original project was going to beautify the area of the High Street by adding greenery and planting.

But this scheme was never able to get further than the design stages.

It would have been funded from sources including an £18,000 pledge from Welland Sub-regional Strategic Partnership, £5,000 from Marks and Spencer and £5,000 from the town centre partnership.

But the strategic partnership pledge was lost two years ago as the project could not be delivered by March 31, 2009.

Now the scaled back scheme is being funded by Marks and Spencer and town partnership grants along with £5,000 from the Harry Skells Trust and a further £5,000 from Lincolnshire County Council.

Mr Lambert said that the urban group had to apply for funding to help get the new scheme off the ground.

He is also hoping that the county council will look in the future at ways of improving the traffic situation in the High Street caused by lorries making deliveries.

Mr Lambert would like to see a one-way system installed along the High Street to prevent problems.