Shoppers in Sittingbourne will have traffic-free access to the top of the High Street on both Fridays and Saturdays, from this week.
The closure opens the way for the regular Friday Market to move to the High Street from The Forum car park in preparation for the new cinema and restaurants being built as part of the Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration scheme.
Cllr Mike Cosgrove, Cabinet Member For Regeneration at Swale Borough Council, told SFM News: "Moving the market onto the high street frees up the Forum car park ready for construction to begin for the leisure quarter as part of the regeneration scheme. The artisan and specialist markets have shown the benefits of bringing traders onto the high street, and the possibility of bringing new activities and performances to attract even more visitors and shoppers to Sittingbourne."
The closures will run from 7.00am to 5.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and the local bus companies Arriva and Chalkwell have already changed their routes in preparation.
The first market will be held on Friday 12th January, and the artisan and specialist markets will return to the high street on the second and fourth Saturday's of the month from March.