Grants bring historic shop fronts to life

The reinvigorated Butterfly Hospice Trust shop at 49 Market Place.
The reinvigorated Butterfly Hospice Trust shop at 49 Market Place.

Organisers of two schemes to regenerate Boston’s historic buildings and environment are ‘determined to get Poundstretcher involved’, councillors have been told.

Boston Borough Council’s corporate and community committee were given an updated report on the Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas (PSiCA) grant-funded scheme and the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THi) on Thursday.

Both schemes aim to invest in the town’s historic buildings and increase visitor numbers and economic regeneration.

Liz Bates, from Lincolnshire Heritage, told councillors how eight projects had been completed and shops repaired or returned to their historic state since the PSiCA project started in 2012 – with £180,000 awarded so far.

She also told councillors about THi – a new £1 million heritage lottery fund grant.

This new grant, which covers a smaller area than PSiCA over the Eastern boundary of the Market Place, Dolphin Lane and Pump Square, can also be used on public spaces including benches.

She said, she wanted more businesses on that side of town to take part, adding: “I’m determined to get Poundstretcher involved.

“There is beautiful architecture on that side of the Market Place”

Projects completed so far include the Butterfly Hospice Shop, in the Market Place, and a Red Lion Street shop front which had cladding removed and the former fascia returned to its former glory.

Coun Judith Skinner called the project ‘wonderful’, and hoped it would encourage more people to apply.

Coun Paul Gleeson said: “This is making a massive improvement to the town.”

PSiCA grants can be used for up to 50 per cent of the cost of repairs to historic buildings and 90 per cent towards the cost of reinstating historic architectural features such as traditional shop fronts.

Following this 90 per cent of the work done to regenerate the buildings is paid for by Histoci England and 10 per cent is paid for by Boston Borough Council.