King’s Lynn streets ‘to be closed’ in market place revamp

UGC for Lynn News''Nelson Street Area map
UGC for Lynn News''Nelson Street Area map
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Motorists will not be able to use two historic Lynn streets under £3 million proposals to revamp the Saturday Market Place, West Norfolk councillors heard on Wednesday.

Residents in Nelson Street and Priory Lane feared the area could become a “rat run” as motorists tried to navigate the one-way system for Saturday Market Place.

West Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council are working on plans to give the area a facelift with wider pavements and new surfacing and also revamping the town hall.

But Chris Bamfield, the council’s head of leisure, told Wednesday’s cabinet meeting the plans for Nelson Street and Priory Lane were being fine-tuned following a public consultation.

He said: “They are proposing no entry accept for access and that should prevent all but those drivers who live there from using those two roads.”

Plans to reverse the traffic flow along College Lane, and allow vehicles to drive up the street towards Saturday Market Place, have also been dropped.

And health portfolio holder Elizabeth Nockolds said the Heritage Lottery Fund had asked the council to reduce its grant application from nearly £2 million to £1,850,600.

The cabinet agreed to meet any shortfall, which could increase the council’s contribution by £60,000.