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Main contents of Holbeach's Future High Streets Fund bid




A blueprint of how Holbeach town centre could look in just four years time has been shared exclusively with the Lincolnshire Free Press.

The main details of a bid for between £4million and £7million of government cash to transform the High Street, Market Hill and Park Road areas of the town have been confirmed less than three weeks before the deadline for submissions.

A team led by Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, believes that Holbeach's claim for a share of the Government's £1billion Future High Street Fund is an "opportunity to deliver some fantastic transformational projects" to the town.

How Holbeach town centre could look (38381596)
How Holbeach town centre could look (38381596)

If successful, the project will meet four challenges:-

Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council.
Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council.

Coun Worth said: "We looked at a range of ideas and proposals that came from a workshop we had in Holbeach 18 months ago when people said what they really wanted to make a difference to the town.

"The first project is to redevelop Chequers Yard, between Park Road and Wrights Mews, so that it becomes a town square for Holbeach.

"We also want to open up the area from Holbeach Medical Centre to High Street so that people can come from the car park on Park Road into the centre of town.

A community engagement event about Holbeach's Future High Streets Fund bid was held at the town's Methodist Church in January 2020.Photo supplied.
A community engagement event about Holbeach's Future High Streets Fund bid was held at the town's Methodist Church in January 2020.Photo supplied.

"The second project is to reconfigure and improve the Market Hill junction, making the environment better for pedestrians and reduce queuing traffic on the streets.

"The third project is for new cycle routes into the town centre, encouraging people to ride into town, rather than drive."

"There's an awful lot of cars in Holbeach town centre that originate from the town and if we can make it more comfortable for people to cycle and walk into town, it will create health benefits and a new hub in the town centre that's attractive, vibrant and becomes the heart of the community."

A decision on Holbeach's funding bid is expected before the end of year and should the cash be granted, all three projects could be ready in March 2024.

Coun Worth said: "This bid is transformational and it will make a massive difference to the market town of Holbeach.


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