‘A bit bland’: People of Lincoln on new High Street pedestrian zone

The newly pedestrianised walkway on Lincoln High Street is due to be completed soon. We asked the people of Lincoln for their views on the work so far.

Work on the £800,000 ‘pedestrian plaza’ was originally intended to be finished by December 2017, in preparation for the annual Christmas Market.

However, delays were caused by weather conditions, meaning the work was put on hold to restart again in January.

The Lincolnite visited the newly refurbished area to ask the people of Lincoln for their thoughts on the project which started back in August 2017.

People were generally pleased with the work that has changed the appearance of the High Street.

Despite being happy with how the new area looked, many passers-by commented on how the street looks ‘bland’ in comparison to how designs there previously perceived.

Others said that the £800,000 spent on the project was “not worth the money”, describing the area as ‘not as great in terms of shopping choices’, compared to further up the high street.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, said: “We’re delighted that, apart from some minor works to finish this week, improvements to this section of Lincoln High Street are now complete.

“I want to thank everyone for their patience throughout the project. These improvements will really open up this area of central Lincoln, creating new opportunities to boost the economy through new investment.

“The area is also much more attractive now than in the past, making it more in keeping with the city’s historic identity and offering residents, visitors and businesses a more open and pleasant space to enjoy.”


Story by Rosie Brown.