Plans to revamp the Saturday Market Place in King’s Lynn will be on show at the town hall today.

The exhibition has been organised as part of a four-week consultation on the £500,000 scheme, which has been developed by West Norfolk Council and the county council.

If the revamp goes ahead, the historic market place will be updated with outdoor seating areas, wider pavements and improved pedestrian links between the High Street and King’s Lynn Minster.

There are also proposals to extend the one-way system starting at the end of Queen Street to the junction with St James Street, near the Pizza Express restaurant, and to re-arrange the car park with the loss of 11 parking places.

The plans are linked to the borough council’s bid for £1.7m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to improve the 600-year-old town hall opposite.

It is hoped the venue will become a ‘heritage destination’ boasting improved facilities, free family activities and a new garden area.

The town hall project is expected to cost £2.3m in total, with the remainder of the money needed coming from other sources including the borough council itself.

In contrast, the Saturday Market Place revamp is not so dependant on HLF funding, members of the council’s regeneration, environment and community panel heard at a meeting in November.

The consultation runs until Monday, February 3 and work is programmed to begin in September so the road works can be completed by late November.

There has been a market on Saturday Market Place since around 1100 (it is around 300 years older than the Tuesday Market Place) and it is surrounded by a wealth of listed buildings.

The market place plans are on show in the town hall from 10am to 7.30pm today and a project team will be on hand to answer questions.

There will also be a chance to discuss the plans at a meeting at the borough council offices in Chapel Street, King’s Lynn from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, January 24.

A questionnaire to help people express their views and make suggestions is also available online at