District Council executive board praises plans for town centre bridge link across River Slea

The proposed bridge link will go through a 'surrendered' piece of land from Money's Yard, over the River Slea, to Bristol Arcade and the old Corn Exchange. EMN-140909-090424001
The proposed bridge link will go through a 'surrendered' piece of land from Money's Yard, over the River Slea, to Bristol Arcade and the old Corn Exchange. EMN-140909-090424001

A partnership is being forged to deliver a project to regenerate central Sleaford, North Kesteven District Council’s Executive Board heard today (Tuesday) as members gave their approval to move forward with the project.

With the Corn Exchange and Bristol Arcade at its core, the Heart of Sleaford project is being pioneered by North Kesteven District Council and the owners of both properties, to create a new public right of way between Money’s Yard and the Market Place.

This will see a new bridge built over the River Slea, with access via the garden of 25b Southgate which the council bought two years ago, linking into both of the redeveloped and regenerated arcade and exchange.

In order to secure, manage and maintain the new public access a Community Interest Company will be set up, and work will progress to establish the broader vision for the area as outlined in the adopted town masterplan.

The Heart of Sleaford project would harness community, commerce and conservation interest to have a positive impact on the success of Sleaford Town Centre and dovetail with the many other regeneration initiatives currently underway.

One of its key aims is to support new businesses through test-trading alongside established retailers. It will also provide new shops and places to meet and eat, incorporate solar and ground-source energy generation, have a multi-use community building at its core and open up a part of the town which has become lost to public access and view.

Coun Marion Brighton, who has Executive Board oversight for economic regeneration, said the Heart of Sleaford initiative devised by NK officers was ‘a very exciting statement of intent about bringing forward regeneration at the heart of Sleaford’.

“This represents a very definite, concrete, start to realising the vision set out in the Sleaford Masterplan, with the support of committed business people who are well-known in the community and want to work with us in realising the town’s potential,” she said.