Take a look at what’s popping up in town

Date Published: 27 November 2018
New seats, planters and a bike port are being installed in Sleaford in a bid to improve the vibrancy of the town centre.

A serpentine and cube seats are being placed in Riverside, three large planters will be on display in Market Place and a bicycle rack in the shape of a car will be in place on Southgate to encourage people to cycle to the town and have somewhere safe to lock up their bikes.

The aim is to create some movable focal points, spaces for people to chat and sit and create new experiences in the town centre. All can be moved around and public feedback will help to shape where they are located next.

The public realm project has been an aspiration for North Kesteven District Council and the Sleaford Masterplan identified that there was a need to focus on public realm improvements within the town to create better links for pedestrians and improved settings for key attractions and heritage assets.

A Pop Up Landscape Design Guide builds on this by identifying specific projects and innovative design ideas that could be trialled in the town to change perceptions and kick start regeneration and investment.

The items currently bought are purposely low cost to ensure the trial is a success before significant sums could be invested in any permanent installations. NKDC is also joining with other authorities to share items so further trials can be held at little additional cost.

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader, said: “This is one of a number of projects set out in the recently-adopted Sleaford Strategic Delivery Plan that aims to improve the town for all who live, work and visit it.  

“Good public realm is proven to have a positive impact on the local economy – the environment improves the vitality of the town centre.

“We hope people enjoy using the new seats and bicycle rack, and we really want their opinions on it, where they’d like to see it next and what else they’d like to see in Sleaford.”

Keep an eye on NKDC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to have your say on where the pop up public realm should move to next. Please use #PopUpSleaford to give your feedback.