Feedback shapes new homes for public realm

Date Published: 16 April 2019

Some of Sleaford’s newest installations will be on the move – thanks to public feedback.

Seats, planters and a bike port were put into the town last year by North Kesteven District Council in a bid to improve the vibrancy of the town centre.

Since then, people have been asked where they would like to see the installations move to next so some of the pieces have been relocated.

The serpentine seat and some of the cube seats and planters, that were recently in Riverside, have been moved to the Handley Monument and The Source respectively, while the remaining have been relocated to the open space outside of Costa.

The bike rack in Southgate is staying put for the time being, but the Team behind the project is open to suggestions of where it could go next, and planters in Market Place will also be staying where they are.

Two new planters, similar to those in Market Place, are being trialled in Navigation Yard from Tuesday, April 17. The feedback on these types of planters has been positive and are hoped to be well received in this area, fitting in with planned events and activities over the coming months.  

The aim of the Public Realm scheme is to create some movable focal points, spaces for people to chat and sit and create new experiences in the town centre.

It has been given support of Sleaford Town Council and businesses in the town.

Kevin Martin, Sleaford Town Clerk, said: “The Town Council has already held events such as the Christmas Market and Valentine’s Day Market which have utilised the area in front of the Town Hall and further events are planned.

“Seats and litter bins are already in place so we very much welcome the addition of the new planters to add colour and provide further seating in Navigation Yard.”

Sarah Cook, Supervisor at The Market Square Cafe, said: “The planters in the Market Place are an asset to the town.

“We see the benches being used a lot by both the young and the old to rest and as a meeting place. We get a lot of compliments about the planters from our customers, who travel into Sleaford from many surrounding locations in Lincolnshire, saying how it enhances the Market Place and adds a bit of colour to the Market Square.”

Jennifer Sherlock, of Donald C Larder Ltd, said: “Credit is due to NKDC for exploring ways in which the quality of the Public Realm in Sleaford can be improved. 

“Personally I have been pleased with the addition of the planters in the Market Place. They serve a purpose and add a welcome 'pop' of colour to the area.”

If you have any ideas of where the public realm can move to next, use the hashtag #popupsleaford on social media or email ecodev@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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