Lincoln’s High Street improvements are to be cleared in time for the Lincoln Christmas Market, although minor paving works may follow.
Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, said:“As part of these high street improvement works, the majority of the road has already been excavated and paved, but, unfortunately, the improvement works haven’t progressed as quickly as we’d have liked.
“Contractors are now working double shifts to complete the bulk of the project ahead of the Christmas Market, but some minor paving works may need to be completed after the event.
“Come market time, we will ensure that the entire site will be cleared of all fencing and any unpaved areas filled with tarmac so that there is no disruption to the people enjoying the city’s festive activities from Thursday to Sunday.
“Our plan is to return to site after the market to complete any remaining work during the evening after the shops are closed. Again, the site will be clear of fencing during the day, keeping disruption to an absolute minimum in the run up to Christmas.”
National contractor North Midland Construction is carrying out the project.
Geoff Poyzer, Managing Director for North Midland Construction (Highway Division), said:
“Unfortunately, there have been a number of unforeseen issues which have caused a delay to the completion of the project; however, we are doing everything we can to ensure the site is clear for the Christmas Market and the works finished for Christmas.
“I’d also like to thank the local retailers for their continued patience throughout these works.”
The £800,000 improvement scheme is being delivered by Lincolnshire County Council, using part of the £2.7m granted by Central Government (via Department for Communities and Local Government) as Growth Point Pump Priming funds to “help unlock growth in Lincoln.