‘Inspirational’ manager plan for town centre

Spalding town centre on market day.
Spalding town centre on market day.
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Spalding is a step closer to getting an “inspiring” town centre manager.

Six projects have been considered for a slice of £207,935 Section 106 money unspent from a £900,000 Springfields development pot.

The three projects recommended by Spalding Town Forum – a town centre manager, a bandstand for Ayscoughfee Gardens, and a water taxi mooring at Chain Bridge Forge – are expected to cost £190,000.

Spalding police inspector Jim Tyner at Wednesday’s meeting welcomed the project submitted by Spalding Chamber of Commerce for a town centre manager.

He said: “This is the only project which could impact on preventing crime in the town.”

It is proposed the manager would be “non political nor a trader” and “well-motivated and inspiring”.

The manager would also need to be careful “not to duplicate any of the work of South Holland District Council”.

However, it is still not known whether the post would need full-time employment.

In addition it is hoped there will be enough cash left for a fourth project – to refurbish the aviary in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

The two unsuccessful projects were for a community studio at Tulip Radio and a joint marketing campaign with Springfields Outlet Centre.

Recommendations of the town forum are to be presented to the district council’s cabinet by Tuesday, January 14, but there is no anticipated timescale as to when the projects will be implemented.

Forum members are calling for a more detailed study of the role of the new town centre manager and how the person would liaise with South Holland District Council over targets and outcomes.

They would also like to see clarification over what the bandstand would be.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “We need to lose the word bandstand because what is planned is a performance area.”