'Holbeach is a good place to invest' as more interest boosted in empty shops
Greater investment and improvement plans have helped to stimulate more interest in empty shops in a South Holland town.
Estate agents in Holbeach are reported to be seeing more interest in the town's vacant properties as work starts on the Food Enterprise Zone on the outskirts along with work to attract more people to the town.
South Holland District Council will be spending £500,000 on improvement plans for both Holbeach and Spalding to boost both town centres.
Holbeach could also be in line for up to £10 million investment if a bid to the Futures High Street fund is successful.
Deputy Leader Coun Nick Worth says these plans are having an effect.
He said: "It seems to have stimulating a lot of interest in some of the empty shops. On the back of the Food Enterprise Zone, with its potential, and the investment in the town, people are thinking that Holbeach is a good place to invest."
Coun Worth, who is the Growth and Commercialisation portfolioholder, has been one of the people to work on the bid to the Futures High Street Fund, which is due to be submitted later this year.
One of the areas in the town which could be in line for improvement is Market Hill and its five sets of traffic lights.
The bid team are working with Lincolnshire County Council's Highways department on possible options to improve that area for both motorists and pedestrians.
Coun Worth said: "What we are trying to do is to make it easier for people to get into town."
In December, Coun Worth and the team worked with stakeholders in the town to put forward suggestions for Holbeach's future.
A further event was held recently in the Methodist Chapel which was attended by 40 people.