Letter: Will town centre investment create real wealth and jobs?

ALTHOUGH resident in Derby for nearly 40 years, I was born in Boston and love the town. If money is to be spent then let it be spent where commercial benefit through re-generation can be assured.

Two million pounds seems big money to me and I have struggled to get a handle on what the real benefits are.

Will the investment create more real wealth and jobs, for example?

What do we have then? New pedestrianised areas, return of the Five Lamps, re-surfacing work and a 60 per cent reduction in parking area.

So far then, this seems hardly the stuff of economic re-generation, rather more a cosmetic project, justified allegedly as ‘the will of the people’ and with a touch of ‘we have the money so let’s do it’.

The drastic reduction in parking would be quite worrying, I imagine, for town-centre businesses.

I visit Boston quite regularly and am drawn to shop in town because I can park there.

On a lighter note, one might look for alternative projects to spend this windfall.

If awarded to Boston United for example one might see the surge of good fortune currently enjoyed by Steve Evans at Crawley Town

Or on a more practical level, £2 million could be a down-payment on a distributor road!

Bob Stanwell

Littleover

Derby