New look for Sleaford Market Place

Date Published: 07 January 2020

Sleaford Market Place is to get a new look. Planning permission has been granted for a section of the Market Place to be used as an alfresco eating and drinking area.

Three existing planters will be moved to create a pedestrianised area from the Tiamo Italian Restaurant through to the Market Square Café and Restaurant, including El Toro Cocktail and Tapas Bar to create an outdoor seating and dining area.

North Kesteven District Council will meet with the three businesses to pull together a plan with a view to implementing the changes in the Spring.

The area also includes the historic Sleaford Bristol Water Fountain which has been brought back to life by a project spearheaded by the Sleaford Civic Trust. The fountain was built in 1874 and following the work people can now get drinking water there for the first time in 90 years.

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Cllr Richard Wright, said the work was part of the authority’s Sleaford Masterplan which identified the need to focus on public realm improvements in the town, better links for pedestrians and improved settings for key attractions and heritage assets.

“The pop-up street furniture we introduced last year has helped to improve the vibrancy of the town centre and the Market Place project will provide another space for people to chat, sit and enjoy new experiences in the town centre.

“The proposed £4 million multi-screen cinema that the Council is funding will be very close to this area and the two uses will complement each other brilliantly,” said Cllr Wright.