New bridge plans praised

NKDC offices, Sleaford.

NKDC offices, Sleaford.

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A partnership is being forged to deliver a regeneration project in central Sleaford, North Kesteven District Council’s executive board heard last Tuesday as it gave approval for the scheme to move forward.

With the Corn Exchange and Bristol Arcade at its core, the Heart of Sleaford project is being pioneered by the 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, via the garden of 25b Southgate, which the council bought two years ago, linking into both the redeveloped and regenerated arcade and exchange.

It will incorporate solar and ground-source energy generation and a multi-use community building.

Coun Marion Brighton, leader of the council, said: “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.”

Comments on the Standard’s Facebook page included that of Alan Johnson, who said: “Waste of money, just walk round, it takes about three minutes.”

Corrine Shimmon said: “Good for those with limited mobility, and it can open up currently unused town centre space.”