Street cafés, entertainment and boat moorings - businessman’s dream for riverside Boston

Official opening of Isaac's furniture store, Pen Street, Boston.'L-R Richard Isaac with Liam Pocklington.
Official opening of Isaac's furniture store, Pen Street, Boston.'L-R Richard Isaac with Liam Pocklington.

A Boston businessman has spoken of his vision for a riverside part of the town centre with street café, entertainment and boat moorings.

With a new furniture store just opened in Pen Street and refurbishment underway of Church Key Studio, owner Jason Brackenbury is turning his sights to other areas of Church Street and looking to buy land to fulfil his plans.

“With the development of the footbridge and the Assembly Rooms – and the proposed pedestrianisation of Church Street, I think the future is looking good for the town,” he said. “If that street is pedestrianised, I would like the land directly outside The Standard’s office as there’s so much that can be done with it.

“It is the thoroughfare for people coming into town from the bus station. I would cobble it and make an area for outside tables and chairs and street entertainment overlooking the new bridge and the water.”

When the Boston barrier is in place, the river along this stretch will no longer be tidal but remain at a certain level.

It is this which Mr Brackenbury says could provide a good opportuniy for development.

“The town can develop a mooring of boats with restaurants on, making Boston more like Lincoln,” he said.

“With a few inspirational people and support from the council, Boston can be made a lot more appealing which is all good for the long-term prospects of the town centre.”

Mr Brackenbury, who also owns Scent in Dolphin Lane, held the official opening of Isaacs furniture store on Friday. It is a business venture he shares with his brother Adam, working with Richard Isaac.

The store sells mid to high-end furniture and kitchens, home-made sofas and soft furnishings. They have recently sold a kitchen for £70,000.

“We have tried to keep the quality customer in the town,” he added. “There is stuff in here you will never see in the east of the country, let alone in Boston.”