Regeneration plans outlined for town

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A TOWN regeneration group has outlined its plans for the future.

The Urban Group of the Stamford Town Partnership, which combines local government, business, the voluntary and educational sectors and community groups, gave a presentation to Stamford Town Council on Tuesday.

Group chairman Don Lambert spoke about a number of projects, including the Wharf Road garden, clearing the Mill Stream and relocating the bench at the east end of the High Street.

But he also voiced concern that vehicles parking on the Wharf Road garden had spoiled the area.

Mr Lambert said: “The Wharf Road garden has been damaged by builders’ trucks.

“The sign had been moved so drivers could see the town bridge. Now deliveries for the new antiques business use the Wharf Road garden to park.

“It is not a pretty sight for people walking around Stamford.”

Councillor Clem Walden agreed that the area was a mess but suggested a smaller garden area be fenced off to allow vehicles to park.

He said “There is a need for people to unload so the (Wharf Road) area does get used.

“The garden area could be smaller with low railings.”

The group also detailed plans to remove the bench outside Wilkinson in the High Street and install two new benches on the opposite side of the road.

The road sign and street lamp would also be moved to the other side of the road and a mature olive tree would be planted between the two new benches.

Mr Lambert added: “This will allow easier access for delivery vehicles. It will also help alleviate dangerous traffic problems.

“It is particularly dangerous for mothers and children.”

Police recently began a crackdown on drivers parking illegally in the pedestrian zone on the High Street.

The Urban Group has secured £5,000 grants from M&S, the Skells Trust, Stamford Town Partnership and South Kesteven District Council for the bench project.

It will need to secure planning permission and approval from the town council before any work goes ahead.