Open day offers chance to check out waterway heritage centre vision

Caroline Wallis EMN-141009-124151001
Caroline Wallis EMN-141009-124151001

There’s a chance to go behind the scenes at the Black Sluice Lock Cottages this weekend as part of the annual Heritage Open Days scheme.

Currently occupied by TaylorITEX, the office space above the Riverside Café has been earmarked by local waterways project, Coastal Boston, to form its proposed heritage centre.

The project’s Heritage Officer will be on hand to give tours to anyone interested in the plans to develop the building.

Visitors to the Lock Cottages will also be able to enjoy a drink or a meal at the Riverside Café and view the second pilot exhibition from Coastal Boston, ‘Home At Last’, all about the vital role that the town’s port played during the First World War.

Caroline Wallis, Heritage Officer for the project, said, “This is our very first Heritage Open Day and we are looking forward to welcoming people to our latest exhibition and providing tours of the whole building.

“We hope that this will enable people to better visualise our plans and share in our excitement about what we’re trying to achieve.”

The project, supported by TaylorITEX, is currently planning a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund bid which would see the Lock Cottages become a family friendly, interactive waterways heritage centre with café, gift shop and children’s outdoors play area.

There is also the potential for pleasure cruises along the South Forty Foot Drain and a cycle hire scheme.

The project had applied to the Coastal Communities Fund last year but decided not to proceed despite getting through to the second round of funding, citing the time constraints required by the Big Lottery Fund to develop the bid further as the primary reason.

If Coastal Boston is successful with the Heritage Lottery Fund bid, TaylorITEX would relocate their own services elsewhere within Boston.

The Black Sluice Lock Cottages will be open from 9am to 2pm on Saturday September 13.

Car parking is available via London Road and will be signposted with a pink Heritage Open Day sign and balloons.

Enquiries can be made by calling 07765 114822 or emailing caroline@tayloritex.co.uk. The project can be found on Facebook and Twitter by searching for Coastal Boston.