Grants to improve historic town buildings

A £650,000 heritage scheme will see owners of historic Boston town centre properties get cash to help restore them.

Owners of eligible properties are being urged to apply for the grants now – which are being provided by English Heritage in partnership with Boston Borough Council.

The council applied for the grant funding for the scheme which it hopes will go ‘hand-in-hand’ with the Market Place refurbishments.

Liz Bates, conservation project officer, said: “Property owners can get in touch now to gain advice about what work will be eligible for a grant and discuss opportunities to improve their properties. I urge them not to delay – the money is limited and when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Eligible properties are in the area which includes the historic Market Place and the historic feeder lanes and streets which focus onto this central space.

These include shop fronts and the floors above them, some of which have been ‘insensitively altered and developed’ or have been ‘neglected’ according to the council.

Steve Lumb, the council’s head of planning and strategy, said: “A grant scheme for repairs and reinstatement, in tandem with the Market Place improvements, is expected to provide a positive benefit to the town and should assist in the regeneration of this important market town centre.”

Investment will be made to the five-year scheme which will initially target commercial properties in the Market Place and the immediate area.

The grants can cover 50 per cent of eligible costs for repairs and 90 per cent for reinstatements.

Details of the scheme go on display at the Guildhall on December 1, from 4pm-6pm. Council officers will be available on the day to offer advice on how to apply for a grant.

Owners and tenants of eligible properties are also invited to the official launch of the scheme from 6.30pm.

l For more details call Liz on 01205 314339 or email liz.bates@boston.gov.uk.