Thursday 17th November 2011 Surrey Comet, By Martin George
Stalls in Kingston’s ancient Market Place could be reconfigured as part of plans to open up the central square to pedestrians.
The design concepts, part of a wider project to revitalise the historic heart of the town, could see stalls spaced out to create more routes for pedestrians, and make the Market House more visible.
The plans follow a consultation with businesses, residents and other stakeholders that highlighted a desire for alternatives to retail, removal of street clutter and showcasing the area’s history.
Urban designers JMP also came up with ideas for a new surface in the Market Place that include dark banding in tribute to Kingston-born pioneer of the moving image, Eadweard Muybridge.
The council’s project manager Jay Judge said: “The banding is but one concept used by the designers.
“The Muybridge’s link is about framing the Market Place as a place of movement as per the early motion photography Muybridge is famous for.
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