Images reveal new look Lincoln will have after 'eyesore' is demolished

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A vision of how the Cornhill in Lincoln will look after an old kiosk is pulled down and the public square revamped has been revealed by the council.

The metal-framed building, which once housed a tourist information centre and a burger bar, is to be pulled down next week.

The first £300,000 phase of the project to create a wide open city square suitable for events and pavement cafes also includes work to protect the roots of a London Plane tree and install a bench around it. 

And pending a funding bid, work on a second phase to include natural stone paving to mirror that of Exchange Square at the opposite end of the Cornhill, new seating, and possibly even a water feature, will begin early next year - for completion by summer 2021.

The removal of the kiosk will create an uninterrupted view of Lincoln's original Corn Exchange - the white building which houses Santander.

In addition, upgrading the area is designed to tie in with Lincolnshire Coop's £70m Cornhill Quarter regeneration beyond and improve links to the new bus station and Lincoln Central multi-storey car park.

The City of Lincoln Council's plan, which is part of the wider City Centre Vibrancy scheme to help secure Lincoln's economic future, states: "The proposal will significantly upgrade the paving and street furniture to the quality standard of the recently refurbished Cornhill Pavement immediately to the east and improve connectivity between the transport hub, the regenerated Cornhill Quarter and the High Street. 

"Upgrading the space will provide a flexible, high quality environment which can be fully utilised for events, performances, outdoor trading, markets and pavement cafés as well as provide an attractive place to site and dwell.

"The quality of the proposed materials will enhance the setting of the listed Corn Exchange building positioned centrally within the square."

It's goodbye to this (Image: Paul Whitelam)

Richard Baxter, operations manager at Lincoln BIG, welcomed the idea of a new space in the city centre.

He said: "It will give us a bigger space to put on more events.  People will see more of the Cornhill after they pull that kiosk down and we are so pleased that the tree is staying because we need more greenery in the High Street."

Retired teacher Geoff Jones, 75, of uphill Lincoln, campaigned to save the tree from being demolished.

"It is important to have this tree in the city centre," he said.

"We need more space in the city centre where people can sit down on the grass and have a break.

"At the very least, I'd like to see some planters in this new square filled with wildlife-friendly shrubs, trees or flowers."

There will be a bench around the tree (Image: City of Lincoln Council)

Councillor Neil Murray, who holds the economic development brief on the city council, said that linking the two sides of the Cornhill could help boost traders' fortunes.

He said: "At the moment, there's so much uncertainty in terms of the high street retail offer.

"Fortunately, this plan means we can link up the area to the Coop's big redevelopment on the other side of the Cornhill."

Lincolnshire Coop's £70m Cornhill Quarter regeneration of the Sincil Street area has already seen the restoration of Lincoln's second Corn Exchange to house the Cosy Club restaurant and shops, new shops in Sincil Street, and the Botanist Bar and Everyman Cinema overlooking Exchange Square.

Here's a view from above (Image: City of Lincoln Council)

The plan to pull the kiosk down has attracted plenty of comment from people on Lincolnshire Live's Facebook page.

Karen Carlson wrote: "It's an eyesore and never seemed to be of any use."

However, Bryan Jackson, from Lincoln, commented: "Instead of knocking it down, clean it up and turn it into a proper visitor centre."

Another posted about how they are already missing the burgers and ice cream that used to be sold there.

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