Opportunity to have a say on future of town centre

South Kesteven District Council Press Release – 13 April 2022

South Kesteven District Council is offering people the chance to influence how Grantham’s historic town centre will look in future years.

A series of community design workshops, known as a charette, will take place from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 April in the Guildhall and Jubilee Church Life Centre, supported by transport, design, retail and landscape specialists.

The workshops offer a chance for individuals, businesses and town organisations to have their say on regeneration in the town centre beyond the two major SKDC development programmes currently being delivered.

One is the High Street Heritage Action Zone programme, funded by Historic England, and the second is the Future High Streets Fund programme, backed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

They will collectively deliver approximately £6.5 million-worth of regeneration works to the town centre, including restoration of historic buildings, improvements to public spaces and creation of town centre living.

The Council secured £5.56 million from the Future High Streets Fund and just over £1 million from the Heritage Action Zone.

The Leader of SKDC Cllr Kelham Cooke, said: “Both programmes will come to an end in April 2024, but we know that the ambition of Grantham’s businesses and residents will not. It’s a town with an impressive history and we want to ensure it has an equally exciting future.

“We would like to hear from as many people as possible about what they would like to see happen in Grantham beyond the current schemes, to make the very best of the town centre.”

The programme includes walking tours on Thursday morning (April 21), discussions and drawings that afternoon and on Friday (April 22) at Grantham Guildhall, and presentations on Saturday (April 23) at the Jubilee Church Life Centre.

Kevin Murray Associates have been commissioned to run the events. To find out more and reserve a place go to: https://grantham-workshops.eventbrite.co.uk