A campaign was launched this week to transform Uppingham market square into a community space with a “cafe culture”.
Peter Toms, an organiser of Uppingham Feast, one of the biggest community events held each year in the town, has started the Reclaim Uppingham Market Square campaign.
He has set up a Facebook page which already has more than 50 likes and has added a petition to the page, which he hopes to submit to Rutland County Council to show the strength of support for his proposal.
Mr Toms, who has lived in Uppingham for 28 years and been involved in the feast day for eight years, said: “I would like the square to be a space for the community to meet and greet and enjoy together.
“I would love to see tables and chairs out there, with people getting served food and drinks with buskers performing, to allow a ‘cafe culture’ to thrive in Uppingham like you get in Europe.
“I want Market Square to be a focal point for the community and visitors to our historic market town.”
Mr Toms said he would consult businesses in the town to garner their enthusiasm for the idea.
His proposal is to close off ten parking spaces in the market square in the evenings and on Sundays. There are about 30 parking spaces in the square in total.
Mr Toms said: “The aim of this campaign at the moment is to find like-minded residents who feel our recreational use of the market square is diminished by its primary use as a car park.
“I really want to see whether the community think this is a desirable thing to do.”
To show your support for the suggestion, sign the petition or to give feedback on Mr Toms’ idea visit the Facebook page.