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Town centre manager to boost trade?

CASH BOOST: Plans progress to attract business and businesses to Spalding town centre. SG180214-123TW

CASH BOOST: Plans progress to attract business and businesses to Spalding town centre. SG180214-123TW

Steps to hire a Spalding town centre manager are expected to get underway if councillors on Wednesday give the go-ahead for Springfields Section 106 cash to part-fund the post.

There’s just over £200,000 left in the S106 pot given by Springfields to offset the impact of the retail outlet on the town’s economic wellbeing.

Several projects were ‘bidding’ for cash, including one for town centre manager – promoted by Spalding Chamber of Commerce – which is now due to get the lion’s share, £120,000.

A council working party says the town centre manager scheme should be awarded £46,000 for each of its first two years, to meet two-thirds of the salary cost, and to include an “events” budget of £13,000.

Some £28,000 will be awarded in year three for the scheme, which is expected to be self-financing by year four.

Council leaders and Spalding Chamber president Phil Scarlett hope the project will make the town centre more prosperous and benefit the district as a whole.

South Holland District Council deputy leader Paul Przyszlak said: “Anything that boosts economic activity in Spalding and district generally is good news for people in the district.

“The town centre manager will work to attract businesses and business to the town centre.”

Mr Scarlett said the Chamber suggested the idea 18 months ago and were initially looking for the whole cost to be met.

He said there is “a tangible desire in Spalding to see a strong town centre trading area with compelling reasons for people to visit the town”.

 

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