Cornhill kiosk to be demolished next week

The City of Lincoln Council is set to demolish the kiosk at Speaker’s Corner in the Cornhill next week in hopes of creating a larger open space for the public.

Work on the area is set to begin September 14, and whilst the demolition will take two days, the area is due for completion around the beginning of December.

The London Plane tree, already situated near the kiosk, will remain in the area and there are plans to introduce seating around it.

The council is seeking funds to deliver public realm improvements within the Cornhill Square, in hopes that the space can accommodate casual seating and be used for events, performances and activities.

Maria Clayton, Capital Projects Manager at City of Lincoln Council said: “City of Lincoln Council has worked closely with Lincolnshire County Council, owners of the existing London Plane tree, in the design of a new seating will be constructed around the tree proving a stopping point for rest, a place to wait and meet others or simply a place to sit and take in the scenery.

“As part of these works, the two post boxes currently next to the tree will be permanently relocated a short distance away on the High Street outside Barclays Bank.”

Richard Littlewood, Arboricultural Officer at Lincolnshire County Council added: “The county council has worked closely with its partner, City of Lincoln Council, to ensure the London Plane tree is not unduly impacted by the work to improve the Cornhill area.

“We look forward to this latest phase of work starting and we are sure that the residents of Lincoln will welcome this great new addition to the city centre.”