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Market Place work nears completion
THE project to refurbish Salisbury’s Market Place is finally nearing completion after several delays.
The granite work was due to be finished yesterday, with only the area around the toilets and some other minor work left to be completed.
Wiltshire councillor and former Salisbury Area Board chairman Richard Clewer, who has overseen the work since it started in March, met with contractors on Thursday to find out what still needs to be done.
Cllr Clewer said the aim is for everything to be cleared by October 19, except the area around the toilets, which was always earmarked to be done at the end once the main work was finished.
He also said the cheese market end of the square will be worked on while the upcoming charter fair is in the Market Place.
And he confirmed that both Blue Boar Row and part of Winchester Street – as far as the junction with Brown Street – will be resurfaced over a period of three or four nights in November.
“It’s a busy road and the only way to do it is to close it, but it’s definitely good news that we can do Winchester Street as well,” he said. “We’ve got a few extra bits approved that I was never expecting to get. I’m really pleased that we should be able to achieve all this.”
There are also plans to put the electricity supply to the Poultry Cross underground, as Cllr Clewer said the box inside the monument should never have been built in such an old structure, and the council also wants to resurface the area around the Poultry Cross with York stone from the Market Place in order to tidy up the whole area.
Salisbury City Council has asked for the benches not to be installed in the Guildhall Square until after the Christmas market, in order to allow more space for the stalls.
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