changes to shop will enhance market place, say councillors

PROPOSALS to change the front of a listed building in Boston’s Market Place will give much-needed improvement to a listed building in the town, councillors have said.

Members of Boston Borough Council’s planning committee said they were pleased to approve plans to erect signage and a new shop front on the YMCA store when it is turned into an HSBC bank as that corner of the market place had been “a thorn in their side” for some time.

The plans to render the front of the building, which is at the junction with Bank Street, alter the windows and add ATMs, will make it fit in with the rest of the area, they added.

Coun Michael Brookes said: “I think architecturally it’s as good as we’re going to get and it’s a lot better than what was there before. I think it will fit in well in the market place as it is now.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the changes.

HSBC currently operates out of a building next to the White Hart Hotel, but the company said it was looking for a more prominent position in the town, which would let staff give a better and more modern service.