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Work to repair stones in Red Lion Square in Stamford at a cost of £1.4m to start next summer

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Works to repair the stone setts in Red Lion Square in Stamford are expected to begin during summer 2022.

The scheme, which will cost £1.4m, is expected to take up to five months to complete, depending on the weather.

The Yorkstone setts in Stamford's Red Lion Square have been the source of plenty of nasty trips since they were laid 14 years ago - as well as arguments over replacing them with Tarmac.

Red Lion Square in Stamford
Red Lion Square in Stamford

But Lincolnshire County Council revealed in March that it plans to take out the stones - many of which have cracked or 'lifted' under the weight and movement of HGV tyres.

Coun Richard Davies (Con), executive member for highways, said: "We originally installed Yorkstone setts in Red Lion Square in 2007. However, these have been moved about, lifted out of place or broken over recent years as vehicles have moved through the square.

"To save money, time and disruption in the future, we'll be replacing the current stones with thicker setts and a stronger underground foundation. This will not only make the surface more robust by preventing cracking and shifting of the stones, but also maintain the current aesthetic of the square and Stamford generally."

Red Lion Square in Stamford
Red Lion Square in Stamford

The county council has identified Eurovia as its preferred contractor for the Red Lion Square improvement scheme, which is currently in the detailed design phase.

A specific start date for the project will be confirmed closer to the time.

Various one-way systems and short duration road closures will be place during the works in and around Red Lion Square. Details are still being confirmed with the contractor and will be made available and published in advance of starting.

Coun Davies added: "As with any other major improvement project, there will inevitably be some disruption on local roads once work is underway.

"However, I want to assure residents and businesses that we'll be doing our very best to keep traffic moving and to maintain access to all shops and businesses. We will also work to ensure local roads are fully clear ahead of and during the 2022 Burghley Horse Trials."

The project is set to be reviewed and discussed by the county council’s highways and transport scrutiny committee on Monday, October 25.

The estimated £1.4m maintenance and repair scheme is being fully funded by Lincolnshire County Council.


14 October

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