More than £1m for town heritage

Investment has been announced for Boston's town centre.
Investment has been announced for Boston's town centre.

More than £1 million has been awarded to projects aiming to help regenerate Boston’s town centre, it has been announced.

The sum comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and spans three projects:

l Boston Borough Council has been awarded £996,000 towards the Boston Townscape Heritage scheme.

Working with Heritage Lincolnshire, the project aims to make a further investment to the eastern area of the Market Place through the conservation and enhancement of historic architecture and street layout. It will also look to develop activities to engage the wider community to celebrate Boston’s heritage.

l The Boston Heritage Forum (an umbrella heritage group working to support and promote Boston’s heritage) has received almost £10,000 for a project to strengthen governance, provide expert advice on an appropriate group structure and constitution, and consultation on which heritage projects in Boston members want to priortise taking forward in the next three years.

l Heritage Lincolnshire has received £10,000 to explore new and viable uses for the Sessions House, the town’s Grade II* former court house, based off the Market Place.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of the borough council, said: “These awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund represent another exciting step in securing the future of some important aspects of Boston’s historic environment.

“Two of these grants will help regenerate and restore a number of important town centre Listed buildings, whilst the other grant for the Boston Heritage Forum will endorse its position as a key decision maker in the future of Boston’s historic environment.”