City ‘gateways’ to get facelift

The Cornhill and Sincil Street areas are set to get a £110,000 revamp courtesy of Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) and the City of Lincoln Council, it was revealed on Thursday, May 20th.

The Cornhill area is home to over 100 different retailers. Photo: Brian (Lincolnian) via Flickr

According to the council, the government has allocated around £52,000 for the project, along with contributions to come from the Arts Council, Lincolnshire County Council, and the European Regional Development fund.

The partnership is looking to use the funding towards “tackling the knock on effects of empty shop premises”. Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln BIG said: “The Sincil Street and Cornhill areas are important, and act as a gateway to the railway station.

“They are a mix of more than 100 national and independant retailers, about half of which have rateable values of less than £18,000,” he said.

Other suggestions consist of a “deep cleanse” of public toilets, as well as reducing pigeon numbers, and better signs to direct people towards the market and Sincil Street.

There are also proposals for environmental improvements around the railway station, and the organisation of summer events which will make use of the empty shops.

Marc Jones, councillor and portfolio holder for Regeneration at the City of Lincoln Council said: “Lincoln has stood up well to the impact of the recession. We want the city centre to look welcoming for shoppers, and for traders to be reassured that their area of the city looks ready for business.”

2 Responses to City ‘gateways’ to get facelift

  1. Tom says:

    So this pretty much closes the door on the Lindongate scheme which would have so nicely updated this side of Lincoln, the bus station and rail links then?

    Big shame.

  2. Den Esberger says:

    I like the Cornhill/Sincil Street area but I agree it could do with having a brand new toilet block similar to the Tentercroft Street toilets.