Grandstand revamp on the table

A planning proposal has been sent to the City of Lincoln Council, which outlines replacing various aspects of the Grandstand, currently used as a community centre.

The proposal, put forward by Phil North, looks to replace the derelict timber on the viewing gallery of the Grade II listed building, replicating the original wood.

However, the document also proposes that the temporary mesh Heras fencing should be removed and replaced with permanent metal railings.

The railings will be permanently fixed across the front of the Grandstand, with a smaller railing graduating up the sides.

North put the idea for the railings forward to stop vandalism to the landmark and people trying to use the unsafe stand.

He believes that by erecting the railings and bringing the timber up to scratch, the community will get better use out of the building.

The proposal stresses that everything about the revamp will aim to be in keeping with the current 19th century building, and the fixtures will not damage the walls.

Although local residents and councillors recently met to discuss the future use of the Grandstand and a revamp was desired, many wanted the fence removing.

North, an officer at the City of Lincoln Council, stressed that the revamp aims to help the continued use of the Grandstand as an asset.

He said: “The proposals are designed to facilitate the retention of this important structure and to enable its continued use as a community and heritage asset.”

The Grandstand planning application is expected to be discussed at the City of Lincoln Planning Committee on January 14.

Photo: Lincolnshire Land