Derelict ‘eyesore’ set to be transformed

The 'eyesore' former Co-op store EMN-150927-104152001
The 'eyesore' former Co-op store EMN-150927-104152001

Plans are under way to bring the derelict former Caistor Co-op building back into use.

The building, which takes up a huge amount of space in the Market Place, has been empty since 2010 - and is described by many residents as an ‘eyesore’.

But now things are moving forward and charity Heritage Lincolnshire has appointed an architect to carry out an ‘options appraisal’ on the 
site.

The architects will investigate any repair work needed, a new viable use and produce an action plan for taking the project 
forward.

The appraisal has been funded by Lincolnshire Co-operative and Caistor Town Council.

Heritage Lincolnshire is now calling on the Caistor community for their input, suggestions and comments - and is giving people a chance to ask any questions.

A Heritage Lincolnshire spokesman said: “We want you views and suggestions for this building as they will be an integral part to the appraisal and finding a future for this building.”

The charity, which works to conserve the county’s history, has arranged three public consultation events to take place while the appraisal is being carried out.

And it says any comments and suggestions will be passed to the architects to use as part of the options appraisal.

A ‘what are our options?’ workshop will be held at Caistor Town Hall on October 14, from 3-5pm.

This will be a forum for discussion on the important questions raised by the project. Places must be booked by calling 01529 461499.

A ‘review of designs’ drop-in event will take place at Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre on November 4, from 3-7pm.

This will see the architects, Hodson Architects, display three concept designs for comment and 
suggestions.

Hodson Architects will give a final presentation at the arts and heritage centre on December 3.

This will include final designs and results from the feasibility study, and there will be a chance to ask any questions. This event starts at 7pm.

In addition, any suggestions can be submitted through a comments box at the arts and heritage 
centre.