Peter Paine lease signed by college

Seated, from left, Boston Borough Council leader Cllr Peter Bedford, signing on behalf of the council strategic director Phil Drury, college principal Sue Daley, Janet Hemmant of Boston College; standing, from left, Katherine Bunting, of Chattertons Solicitors, who acted for the college, council portfolio holder for leisure services Cllr Yvonne Gunter and West ward councillor and portfolio holder for regulatory services Cllr Stephen Woodliffe. Council legal services manager Anne Heard, who acted for the council, was not available
Seated, from left, Boston Borough Council leader Cllr Peter Bedford, signing on behalf of the council strategic director Phil Drury, college principal Sue Daley, Janet Hemmant of Boston College; standing, from left, Katherine Bunting, of Chattertons Solicitors, who acted for the college, council portfolio holder for leisure services Cllr Yvonne Gunter and West ward councillor and portfolio holder for regulatory services Cllr Stephen Woodliffe. Council legal services manager Anne Heard, who acted for the council, was not available

PLANS to safeguard the future of the Peter Paine Spoerts Centre have taken an historic leap forward after Boston College signed a 99-year lease for the facility.

Representatives from the college and Boston Borough Council put their signatures to the handover document last Friday, paving the way for the college to take over the running of the Rosebery Avenue centre.

This handover will give the sports centre access to grants and funds.

The move comes after months of talks between the two organisations and Boston & District Football League, which feared changes to the lease could impact on the state of Saturday football in the area.

Football bosses have been assured that present access agreements will be maintained after the handover of the Rosebery Avenue site.

Roger Gell, chairman of the league, said: “The league comes out of all this in a very strong position. The lease agreement is for 99 years and we have it written into the agreement that football pitches will be made available as and when we need them.”

Public access will also be maintained at evenings and weekends.

The signing was one of the final official acts of outgoing college principal Sue Daley.

Last month, Ms Daley said: “I’m very happy a solution has been found.”