St Botolph’s Church in Boston has reopened its tower and shop for visitors to the town today (Monday).
The facilities at the Boston Stump – also including the refurbished toilets – have been given the all-clear by the architect at the church and officially reopened this morning.
Standard reporter Daniel Jaines was the first member of the public to visit the viewing balconies along with the Parish of Boston director of operations Mike Bartlett.
Mike said: “We’re pleased to have this open. It’s one of Boston’s key visitor attractions and gives a fantastic view of the whole town and the surrounding countryside.
“We’re encouraging not just tourists to come here to look, but also local residents as well.
“The last five months have been very hard work, but it’s great to see this achievement and to say we are getting the shop open again.
“We’re grateful to the architects who have been working hard, we’re grateful to our insurers and loss adjuster and all the builders at Lindums and the volunteers that have worked hard to put the shop and everything back.”
The tower, which closed following the floods on December 5, is open 10am-4pm every day, and visitors can request to go up at the Stump shop.
Ailsa Balsom, shop manager said: “We’re very pleased to be able to open and with how its been restored.
“With it being a bank holiday, we’re hoping there will be quite a few people around to come visit.”
Mr Barlett said he hopes to also reopen the cafe in the near future, however, the source of electric which powers the temporary heaters is not enough to power the cafe as well and options are being explored to solve the issue.
Elsewhere in the church, he said work is being done on the heating, however, due to regulations the boiler room will have to be moved elsewhere. Alternatives are being looked at including building a new base next to the substation in the vicar’s garden. An appraisal is hoped to be completed by June/July and it is expected to take until next summer to get the church back on a permanent system.
An application has also gone in to remove the pew platforms on either side of the church which were further damaged in the floods. A grant application has been made to Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) for £150,000 for the work.
The Blenkin Memorial Hall has also had its flood damage repaired, with a new floor, paint on the walls and the front of the stage fixed. A new kitchen is also being installed.
Mr Bartlett said he has plans for the building and has put in a grant application for £485,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.
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