Group wants to pedestrianise street and transform it into Boston’s version of York’s ‘Shambles’

Church Street
Church Street

A regeneration group is hoping to improve its street and turn it into a smaller version of York’s famous ‘shambles’ with pedestrianisation .

Business owners and borough councillors have decided to apply to the county council to pedestrianise Church Street which, along with other plans, they hope will increase footfall and improve the aesthetics of the area.

Ward councillor Carol Taylor, who has helped organise the meetings alongside Coun Mary Wright, said: “They are all enthusiastic because they want to turn Church Street around because it’s one of the oldest streets.”

It is hoped the plans will coincide with the installation of the new St Botolph’s Bridge and will include levelling the pavement out and blocking off the entrance for all vehicles - except during specified delivery times.

The group is also hoping to get archways similar to the entrances to Dolphin and Emery Lanes and is looking at the possibility of tidying up the private land at the bridge end of the street, welcoming visitors from Boston’s bus stop – one suggestion being to place a mural or artwork to draw visitors in.

Robert Hempsell, manager of the China Cabinet, has been in the street for 43 years. He said he was glad something was being done for the street and praised Couns Taylor and Wright.

“At long last somebody’s taking an interest in the street,” he said.

“It gives you more of a fighting chance coming across the bridge, they might now say ‘which way shall we go? Let’s go down there and take a look’.”

A Lincolnshire County Council Highways spokesman said the council would assess the application and then carry out a public consultation with members of the public and businesses.