A new initiative to promote the history and heritage of Boston’s waterways and develop riverside tourist attractions has been launched.
The Coastal Boston project will work with various organisations in the area to develop attractions in the area.
Some of the suggested developments so far include creating a coastal heritage centre, a coastal history tail, bringing water taxis to Boston, creating more moorings to encourage boaters to the town and a riverside music festival.
The project has been initially funded by community interest company TaylorITEX and a formal launch meeting was held at the Black Sluice Lcok Cottages in London Road last Tuesday night.
The project’s heritage offer Caroline Wallis explained: “Our aim is to raise awareness of the history of our waterways in and around Boston and promote the area as a tourist centre. We would like to see more pleasure boaters coming to Boston and bring in more visitors. I encourage people to come forward with their own memories, memorabilia and artefacts.”
The meeting attracted representatves from the borough council, RSPB, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Boston in Bloom, and the local drainage board among others.
It was noted that the RSPB reserves attract visitors from outside Lincolnshire and suggestions were made to encourage these people to further explore Boston’s waterways.
Speaking at the site, Mick Taylor, director of services, said: “In the next three years we aim to turn this block over to heritage and move TaylorITEX out. Our vision is that in five to 10 years this could be an ongoing visitors centre.”
Referring to the economic recession, he added: “High streets are struggling and we know that Boston has got to change too.
“We’ve got big ideas and want to work with people and organisations who can help us to make this happen.”