Following community engagement, project planning and analysis, Boston’s ambitious plans for a Town Deal with Government has been presented to Government.
As part of the Towns Deal, more than 100 towns across the UK have been identified and asked to bid for up to £25 million each. Boston has put together a linked set of projects in the town that brings together the town’s heritage with learning and skills development, leisure and health opportunities and a focus on business enterprise.
Neil Kempster, Chair of the Boston Town Deal Board, said: “In such difficult and challenging times, the Town Deal provides a fantastic opportunity to attract significant government funding to make a real difference to the local economy in Boston.
“It has provided the platform for working collaboratively to kick-start economic growth and realise the undeniable potential in the area. With a particular emphasis on the skills agenda and raising the aspirations of the people of Boston, the Town Deal aims to build on the unique and historic nature of the town to deliver a better future for everyone.”
Projects in Boston include utilising of the town’s port to create a new centre for skills related to logistics and food, as well as bringing these industries up to date with digital skills in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and Boston College.
Outstanding learning opportunities in an innovative new Mayflower Centre and a hub for health and leisure complement the focus on the town centre’s rejuvenation through a programme of investment linked to the town’s historic marketplace, Blackfriars and Shodfriars. Funding is also being proposed for voluntary-led projects such as a community radio station and hubs that serve their local communities such as churches.
Cllr Paul Skinner, Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “The Boston Town Deal is a carefully planned out series of community-led projects that will be transformative for the town. The Mayflower Centre, in particular, is something that is extraordinary for the town and should stand as inspiration for the town’s future growth. The Towns Fund is a catalyst for change, inspired by the people of Boston and led by community representatives, local business and supported by Boston Borough Council.
“Boston is a beautiful town with so much potential; this funding will mark the start of a town more united and with the ability to make it happen.”
To view the full Town Investment Plan please visit https://bit.ly/2TGoosA
You can read more about the Boston Town Deal at www.bostontowndeal.co.uk