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THE hugely-successful Boston Placecheck programme is to be rolled out to five villages in the borough.

Sutterton, Wigtoft, Bicker, Fosdyke and Algarkirk residents are to be offered advice and help from the Placecheck team, and a round of public drop-in sessions begins next month.

Contact has already been made with parish councils to explain how Placecheck may be able to help, and to reassure councillors that there is no intention to step on their toes.

Maddy Eyre, Boston Borough Council’s local communities officer, said: “We fully appreciate that parish councillors know their areas best, but we offer help and advice to engage with residents, to understand what improvements they would like to see made to where they live and to use our experience, knowledge and contacts to put the councils in touch with the agencies best placed to make some of these wish list items become reality.”

Mandy Exley, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service community development officer, said they have been encouraged by the response of the parish councils, who were willing to work with them and make use of their “bigger picture” expertise.

There is no funding available for this project, but Mandy pointed out that there was no funding for the Boston pilot project and yet the Daisy Dale area benefited from improvements worth £60,000 thanks to working with other agencies.

Placecheck roadshows will take place from 10am-1pm at village halls in Sutterton (Wednesday, August 8), Wigtoft (Thursday, August 9), Bicker (Tuesday, August 14), Algarkirk (Wednesday, August 22) and Fosdyke from 10am -12.30pm (Wednesday, August 15).

Residents are invited to pop in during these times to ask questions and make suggestions.