‘Help us secure £1 million fund’

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

Your help is needed to secure £1 million in grants for the repair and enhancement of historic buildings in Boston town centre.

It was announced early this year that a partnership bid from Boston Borough Council and Heritage Lincolnshire had won initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to receive the seven-figure sum.

The partnership team is now developing proposals for the second round of the application process and wants to hear from local businesses, homeowners, tenants, and other interested parties, before finalising proposals for submission in May.

Without such interest, the team’s bid for the funds will suffer, they explain.

To gather views on the proposals and expressions of interest, a special drop-in session is being held from 4pm to 6pm, on Tuesday, November 10, at the Guildhall, in South Street.

Members of the partnership team will be available and photographs will be on display to give an idea of the kind of improvements to individual buildings, streets, and open spaces that could be achieved.

Coun Ben Evans, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing, property and community, said: “I hope all owners of historic properties in the target area come along – they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“Providing they show enough support a share of up to £1 million may then be available to them to improve their properties to the benefit of themselves and the town, especially in the case of business premises which will appear more attractive to customers.”

The target area covers the east side of the Market Place, Dolphin Lane and Pump Square and grants will be made available for schemes including the replacement and improvement of shop fronts and other architectural features to the repair of existing historic elements (windows, brickwork, roofs and so on).

The buildings proposed for inclusion in the plans have heritage value and the objective will be to create a more attractive place for residents and visitors, the partnership says.