Following on from the Boston Town Deal Board developing a vision and Town Investment Plan which secured a Town Deal worth £21.9m of funding – three projects are one step closer to development following on from approval by the Board and Boston Borough Council.
The projects are Boston Leisure, The Mayflower and the refurbishment of Boston Train Station.
The Boston Leisure project, part funded by the Boston Town Deal, will see a redeveloped Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex which will provide additional facilities, utilising the public and training pools, under one roof. The project provides the opportunity to transform the leisure provision.
The Mayflower project (led by Boston College) will be sited opposite the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex and will become a bespoke learning centre for adults and further enhance and develop learning provision within the town through the rapidly expanding learning facility. The building will provide a unique and inspirational learning, business and community space and provide access for skills training, especially for digital skills, business development and support.
Collectively the Mayflower and Leisure projects create a unique leisure and educational space, intrinsically designed to be linked together via a central public open space/piazza area and will function as a single campus, thus offering an improved sense of place and enhancing the aspirations of all learners at the College. The projects offer the potential to derive significant positive outcomes for people in education/attainment, place-making, health and wellbeing and skills.
The refurbishment of the Railway Station will include extensive refurbishment to include community space, a café, commercially rentable units, a new ticket office and much more, through a partnership with East Midlands Trains.
The Town Deal have three key themes: Skills and Aspirations, Sustainable Economic Growth and Pride in Place. The projects have been submitted this week to the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities and fall into each category to fulfil the Board’s aims.
Councillor Paul Skinner, Leader of Boston Borough Council said: “This is an exciting time for Boston, as we look to enhance the offering for residents and communities by providing newly refurbished facilities within the town centre.”
Councillor Tracey Abbott, Portfolio Holder for Town Centre said: “The provision of facilities within Boston will be further enhanced thanks to these projects, part-funded by the Boston Town Deal. For years, the training pool and public pool have been separated, but the Boston Leisure Project will bring them all under one roof and will include a new gym facility, changing village and much more.”