£1.6 million worth of refurbishment works to St Peter’s Hill in Grantham have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
Plans were submitted by South Kesteven District Council to create a new public route between its offices, the new cinema complex currently being built, and a nearby retail area.
Now, members of the authority’s Development Management Committee have approved the proposals.
The council recently passed plans to allocate the total cost of the improvements from its reserves despite criticism that the move was just “superficial spending”.
But the authority said that the plans to create pedestrian and cycle access between St Peter’s Hill will help to create footfall.
It added that the purpose of the improvements were to “aid the long term vitality” of Grantham.
Deputy leader of the council, Councillor Kelham Cooke, said that the works to the area are vital to the authority’s vision for the town.
“It’s just the first step towards our wider vision to revitalise Grantham and put the town on the map,” he said.
“The public realm works are very important to our future plans and by investing in our town centre we are showing that we are a district that is open for business.”
He added that the investment was just a “sign of things to come” for the area.
Plans will see the main entrance to the authority’s buildings moved to the courtyard to create a new lobby including a ‘step’ and platform lift’.
Planters and benches will also be installed, along with street lighting, planters and concrete structures as well as street and feature lighting.
New cladding will also installed on both of the buildings affected.
The costs are as follows:
- £246,350 preliminary costs
- £95,100 demolition
- £846,315 remodelling of the courtyard and public realm works
- £50,000 new entrance cost
- £187,671 associated costs, including contractor risk and inflation
- £169,929 fees