In goes the Parklets! – Lincolnshire County Council

The first two seating units will be installed as the test setup continues in Louth

With teams working over two evenings, the new Parklet seating units were successfully installed on site on Louth’s Mercer Row as part of the 18 month Test Active Travel program.

This is the first time these parklets have been seen in the UK and Louth is the first place in the country to receive them.

So far, there are two different styles of stand-alone seating units, with one of the units featuring three long recliner-style seats, while the other uses a combination of bench seats and stools serving a bar-like table. Both parklets also have a planter box on site that will be planted with aromatic plants.

The first parklet was installed on Route Louth on Tuesday evening while the second unit was installed and set up on Wednesday evening. The work team left the site at 10:30 p.m. last night.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Motorways, said: “We are delighted to have the Parklets in Louth.

“These are the latest elements of the ongoing probationary period for a sustainable future of the market community. As part of the Active Travel Scheme plan outlined by the Government, we are trying different options to see which works best to encourage people to stay longer and fully enjoy the shops and services Louth has to offer appreciate and use.

“We understand that these parklets are somewhat controversial, but during our installation we saw firsthand a fairly even distribution of ideas and support for the program as a whole and the parklets in particular.

“Throughout the installation we had several groups of people using the parklets as soon as they could and some returned to them throughout the evening to make the most of a place to sit and rest before starting their night in the city ​​continued.

“The first indications from people in town who interacted with us were that, overall, the parklets are a good idea and are being used as intended. Which is very encouraging, and we hope that over time and as more people try them, these seats will become a useful addition to Louth shoppers and residents alike.

“We remain open to any feedback on not just this element, but the entire 18 month testing program for Louth. Because it’s a trial, we know the elements of it are very fluid and we’re constantly checking what’s working and what needs tweaking here and there.”

Released: August 25, 2022


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