Mercer Row 'Parklet' seats arriving next month

Two bespoke combination seating units will be arriving next month as part of the controversial Louth Active Travel Scheme.

A sketch of the new parklets.
A sketch of the new parklets.

Arriving in time for the summer, the ‘Parklet’ units are to be placed in Mercer Row to allow visitors enjoying the pedestrianised area in the town to have more opportunities to rest and take in more of the area’s variety of unique traders, services and food outlets.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways said: “As part of the ongoing Active Travel Scheme in the beautiful town of Louth, these bespoke items that combine comfortable seating with flower planters will be a valuable addition to the area.

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“As we continue working with Louth into this 18-month trial scheme, I want to again underline the point that we will continue to listen carefully to what residents and businesses tell us is, and isn’t, working. We will then consider the feedback and act accordingly.

“The Active Travel Scheme is developed around a series of positive changes to boost audiences for businesses and meet the needs of one of our most beautiful and welcoming Lincolnshire towns.”

The Active Travel Scheme has proven unpopular with many business owners in Louth so far, with some saying they worry the scheme, which has seen parking reduced in town in a bid to encourage people to walk or cycle more, will be the ‘death of their business’ as people will struggle to shop at the local businesses in the town without accessible parking spaces.