Traders and residents will be able to have their say on a £500,000 scheme to revamp Lynn’s Saturday Market Place.
West Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council want to introduce a one-way system so traffic flows through Saturday Market Place from the town towards Church Street and St James Street. It also wants to see the market place given a facelift and improve the town hall.
People living and working in the area will be able to comment on the programme during a four-week public consultation, which starts later this week. The plans will be on display in the town hall on Friday from 10am to 7.30pm.
Council leader Nick Daubney is encouraging people to take part in the consultation.
He said: “Saturday Market Place is my favourite part of Lynn and to enhance it and give greater public use and access would be amazing. For people in the town to give their opinions is really important.
“The ideas I have seen for that area are terrific and it would be good to have people’s thoughts.”
A market has been hosted at the site since 1100 and is around 300 years older than the Tuesday Market Place.
Proposals include the one-way system, wider pavements, outdoor seating and new surfacing are being proposed for the area but 11 car parking spaces will be lost.
The scheme is expected to improve pedestrian links between High Street and Lynn Minster along with offering a better use of the space in front of the church.
It is also expected to highlight certain historic elements, such as the footprint of the pre-1741 church.
The council is bidding for Heritage Lottery Funding to improve the town hall. It hopes to create a larger archive facility, landscape the car park and bringing stories from the past to life in an exhibition along with celebrating the town’s traditions.
The consultation on the revamp will run until Monday, February 3.
Once plans have been finalised, construction could be programmed for September to enable the highway works to be completed by late November.
The project team will discuss the proposals at a drop-in session at the Assembly Room at the town hall on Friday from 10am to 7.30pm. They will also attend an evening meeting in the committee suite at the council offices in King’s Court on Friday, January 24, between 5pm and 8pm.
Plans will also be on view at the council offices, King’s Court.
A questionnaire will also be run to help people express their views and make suggestions. This is available online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk (click on Have Your Say).