‘Pop-up’ furniture scheme launches in Sleaford

Colourful street furniture has appeared around Sleaford, as part of a ‘pop-up’ scheme launched this month.

The £15,000 scheme, managed by North Kesteven District Council (NKDC), includes new temporary seating, large planters and a car-shaped bicycle rack being placed around the town.

Andrew McDonough, economy director for NKDC, said: “This is part of a strategy to regenerate the town, making it a more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Suzanne Feneley, economic development officer for NKDC, said: “Pop-up projects, by their nature, are intended to be temporary, low cost, and mean we can keep the street scene changing.

“Feedback from the community has been mixed, as we expected.

“The current designs have been chosen to stand out, to get people talking and comment which will then help to decide what happens next.”

Angie Tye, who has lived locally for 32 years, said: “When you look at Sleaford’s beautiful old buildings and marketplace, we should be making the most of its vintage quirkiness.”

Crissie Walker who moved to Sleaford in 2012, said: “I think that pop-up furniture is a great idea.

“Sadly, I don’t think the style is what this town needs and is completely out of character for Sleaford.”

by Tom McBeth

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