Plans for the second phase of the redevelopment of an Isle market place have swung into action.
Work is underway on the £1 million-plus regeneration of Crowle Market Place which it is hoped will attract people to the town and boost the local economy.
Civic leaders have hailed the start of work, which is set to include the creation of homes and a bistro, as ‘exciting times’ for Crowle.
John Briggs, who represents Axholme North on North Lincolnshire Council, told The Epworth Bells: “The message is very simply that Crowle has turned the corner and other people should come and join us,” he said.
The second phase has been kick-started with construction work starting on a new Co-op with the building’s steel structure currently being put in place.
In total £1,150,000 has been set aside by North Lincolnshire Council for phase two.
The derelict No 6 Market Place is set to be demolished and turned into a temporary car park before it is hoped a housing and residential development is built.
The plans also include the sale of land adjacent to the Cross Keys pub for the creation of a bistro.
“One of the main triggers to this work getting way is that the Co-op building has begun to take shape,” said Coun Briggs.
“Land adjacent to the Cross Keys is on the market. The idea is that it could be used as the site for a bistro which, when the weather is like it is, could become a focal point to sit and have eat and drink outside.”
Coun Briggs said it was hoped the demolition of No 6 Market Place, which has been bought by North Lincolnshire Council, would make way for a new building which could have multi uses.
He added: “The idea there is that we look at building on that site and create something which is possibly residential upstairs and commercial downstairs.
“While we are in the planning stage with No 6 we will have the site cleared once we have got planning permission – which should be in the next couple of months - and used as a temporary car park.”
Coun Briggs added the town had enjoyed success with the monthly market and it was hoped that could be built on.
“We have seen Crowle’s market become more and more successful and the great thing about that it means people are spending money in Axholme North.
“We want to encourage more of that.”
Crowle mayor Coun Paul McCartan said he was pleased at news of the project gathering pace but said the town council still wanted to see plans for the redevelopment in full.
“We have asked North Lincolnshire Council for a full breakdown of the plans including the timetable for the project but as yet the town council hasn’t seen them,” he said.
“However, these are exciting plans which could bring new people into the town and help the economy and we are behind them.”