£100,000 pot could fund best ideas for town centre promotion

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A town centre manager, street pastors and a permanent craft market are some of the ideas on the table to bring more shoppers into Spalding town centre.

And there could be a £100,000 pot to pay for the ideas that get the backing of town centre businesses.

Members of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce will discuss how they think Section 106 money, which has been given to South Holland District Council by major developers to be used to benefit the town, should be spent after being challenged to come up with ideas.

And they are being asked to come up with more ideas of their own for discussion at a meeting tonight.

President Phil Scarlett said: “The council has laid down the challenge to us to come up with ideas how the s106 money can be used to bring the most benefit to the town.

“We have already looked at the possibility of a town centre manager, but we could also consider street pastors, who engage with young people and help them stay safe while out enjoying the night-time economy.

“I also like the idea of a permanent craft market, probably starting with a dozen or so stalls open five days a week alongside the existing market.

“They could have lockable wooden stalls and we could possibly build up to about 50 or 60 of them over a couple of years, selling quality crafts like glassware, pottery and jewellery.”

Other ideas include better directional signage in the town centre or subsidised car parking.

Mr Scarlett said: “We can only spend the money once so we need to look at what will give us the best value for money.”

He said all businesspeople are welcome at tonight’s meeting at 5.45pm at the Broad Street Business Centre to find out more about what the Chamber is all about.