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Holbeach and Spalding regeneration project gets underway

Work is well underway to help attract more people to Holbeach and Spalding town centres for the benefit of traders and residents.

South Holland District Council last week rubber-stamped exciting plans to spend £500,000 on regenerating both town centres by looking at events, heritage trail and free wifi.

The following evening Holbeach Civic Society organised a special interactive workshop to give the people who live and work in the town an opportunity to shape its future.

Holbeach town centre.Photo by Jim Smith. (8342455)
Holbeach town centre.Photo by Jim Smith. (8342455)

A total of 21 people went along to The Reading Room on Thursday to put forward suggestions of what they think should happen.

Discussions were focused on: heritage, historic buildings; public realm such as street furniture; transport; footways and shops along with what Holbeach's unique selling point was.

At the meeting Deputy Leader Nick Worth explained the district council project and that Holbeach could win up to £10 million from the Future High Street Fund if next year's business case is approved.

Coun Nick Worth
Coun Nick Worth


He said: "We want to find out some of the things that will make a difference to the vitality of the town.

"There will be some cash for some quick wins projects. We anticipate that we will get a lot of ideas and suggestions."

A steering group will be formed for Spalding people to feed into and shape its plans.

During last week's full council meeting Coun Chris Brewis asked if increasing car parking charges helps to increase the town centres.

Coun Worth said it was important to encourage people to the towns and that Holbeach had two hours free parking. While Coun Gary Taylor said that free parking had been trailed in Spalding when a machine was out of order and the council received complaints from traders about spaces being taken up by workers by 9am.

Coun Bryan Alcock said hehoped that there would be some funding for some of the district's smaller towns in the future.

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