Cash boost for town centre shops

BOSTON town centre is set for some major investment, after a scheme to help property owners with the repair and restoration of historic buildings is launched in the next few months.

English Heritage has agreed to provide a grant of £500,000 to Boston Borough Council’s Partnerships in Conservation Areas to fund improvements to some of the town’s most significant buildings.

Eligible properties, including those in the Market Place and its historic feeder lanes, will be able to improve their appearance by reinstating original features and designs, in a bid to attract more shoppers, visitors and investors.

The project will run over five years, with the borough council also contributing £150,000 to the scheme, an authority spokesman said.

In the first year a total of £120,000 has been ring-fenced for Boston. More money will be released following a review.

The announcement comes as businesses in the town gave up their suggestions to smooth the passage of improvement works on the towns’s Market Place.

At a recent meeting representatives from Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and contractors Ringway select business owners offered suggestions including better signage.