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Regeneration work begins in King's Lynn

Workmen break ground for the first time Credit: ITV News Anglia

Construction work has begun this week on a £650,000 regeneration project on King's Lynn's Saturday Market Place.

The work which should take 3 months to complete will see the area changed into a more social space, so people can enjoy the historic buildings that surround the market place.

Artist's impression of the new look Saturday Market Place Credit: King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

We are making the footways much wider, slightly reducing the size of the car park, trying to produce an area which is more pedestrian friendly, an area that can perhaps have small events in the future.

– Quentin Brogdale, Resident engineer, Norfolk County Council
King's Lynn Minster overlooking the Saturday Market Place Credit: ITV News Anglia

We've got the Minster, we've got our beautiful town hall, it's just a car park and what we want is for people to enjoy the restaurants, the pub and make it a place worth visiting and staying for.

– Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

The work is being funded jointly by King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council and Norfolk County Council, with some money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Saturday Market Place is closed to traffic while the work is carried out, while pedestrian access is the same as normal.

There are road diversion signs in place.

It's hoped the project will be finished ready for the Christmas Lights switch on in November.