A new alliance between business owners, traders and community leaders in Holbeach looks set to be formed in response to changes taking place in the town.
Talks are under way to organise regular meetings between businesses in Holbeach and parish councillors in succession to the Holbeach Business Forum over which questions hang about its current status.
I’m concerned about keeping the town as vibrant as we can and we need to be looking at trying to work together as a parish council with businesses and South Holland District CouncilCllr Isobel Hutchinson, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council
The new partnership, which was discussed at a parish council meeting last Monday, has been prompted by the move of Holbeach’s Thursday and Saturday markets from High Street to Boston Road South car park.
Cllr Isobel Hutchinson, parish council chairman, said: “Several of the traders come to our meeting in December with concerns about the moving of the market.
“I’m also concerned about keeping the town as vibrant as we can and if we’ve not got a business forum that’s active at the moment, we then need to be looking at trying to work together as a parish council with businesses and South Holland District Council.
“Different individuals feel that we have diffrent problems, including the market which will hopefully be resolved by moving to Boston Road South car park.
“But that then creates an issue of taking footfall away from the town centre and whilst individual traders can achieve things for their own businesses, that won’t deal with the bigger issues facing Holbeach.”
Lisa Teague of Lisa’s Housewares in High Street, Holbeach, said: “I think anything that will support the town by identifying and sorting out some of the issues here will be good.
“But it needs the parish council behind it and so I’m glad about the idea of this joint forum.”
Patrick Limming of J.W. Limming Garden and Pet Supplies in Fleet Street, Holbeach, said: “Given that the parish council is a permanent fixture in Holbeach, it makes sense for it to liaise more with businesses in the town.”