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A great market town

Boston is a great market town. There are many positive attributes and many could be improved and developed to make them even better. Many of the good folk involved are working hard to achieve these positive goals. However, I feel that one of the biggest issues that is holding back the town is the traffic […]

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River Witham

The river barrage being constructed should now have the second phase commenced which will provide a permanent higher River Witham water level adjacent to the town centre

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Neon streets

Not wanting to move away from the lovely heritage we host in Boston but a great idea to brighten up a street in South Philly was neon art. So in the day the building/street looks as is but at night is comes alive and creates a destination that people want to visit, making an area […]

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Revamp our bus stops

Revive and recreate a better experience for people getting on and off the bus. Could revamp include move more, activities to do whilst waiting to get on the bus. Inspiration for what people could cook for tea/ideas for crafting? Or Get local people involved to design the artwork, younger the better. Let them recreate the […]

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Electricity Supplies

Boston is delivering more and more events if we were able to enhance the electricity supplies and make more available in the Town Centre locations for events/markets/Christmas lights. There is currently limited supplies and this can be a block for additional stalls on the market or directs locations driven by the infrastructure. Additional supplies that […]

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Masterplan

Development of a masterplan for the town centre focussing on the vacant M&S building and incorporating the adjacent open space with a view to repurposing the town centre to make the town centre more attractive to a broader range of users. It would be useful to understand pedestrian flows, demographics and opportunities to improve the […]

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Community Hubs

Many of our local village halls are under used or lack facilities. They should be central to our communities, with investment in green technologies to make them more affordable to run. Investment in facilities to enable a multitude of uses and attract a wider age range of users.

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Levelling up the Witham

One of Boston’s USPs is the river Witham that runs through the town. If the river could be made freshwater from the Port to the Sluice Bridge this would create a unique opportunity to make a feature of the river, this would be attractive to tourists, more attractive for residents and residential riverside developments. Rather […]

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Transport Links -Boston to London

Midland Rail and the County Council work together to deliver a bus service for commuters that picks up in Boston at one of the more out of town car parks and takes to Spalding train station to promote the connectivity between Boston and London. Picks up 6:15 for 7am train and 7:15 for 8am train. […]

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Boston Bikes

Encourage more cycling through the town as a means of transport by using the same concept as Boris Bikes in Boston. Create strategic cycle banks across the town, such as train station, bus station, market place, Boston College, Haven High, outer town car parks, Pilgrim Hospital and some village locations such as Wyberton, Fishtoft and […]

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Town Centre Signage

There are insufficient signs in our town centre. We need signs to direct to nearest carpark, directions to tourist attractions, did you know etc. These should be digital and current. This could help with traffic flow and reduce congestion on John Adams Way. This will improve traffic flow and improve air quality leading g to […]

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Treasure trails and app games

A trials/treasure trial/games – getting out and about you using a smart phone. The app is free to use and you can set different games, quizzes, trials up for all to get involved in. As it is an app people can come and go as they please, their is several out there already on the […]

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Legal Graffiti Wall

Located in several parks around the Town, literally a wall, that people can create artwork on. Try to encourage ownership of the wall, by the surrounding young people to monitor it, let them have some responsibility and by them looking after it. Could be painted over twice a year?

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More seating area in Central park

Additional benches, in bright colours and colourful bins, even focused kids playground bins. Brighten the area up and encourage more people to use the space. Even if they were benches that were used from May – Sept so weather does not damage them as much – so include a storage facility in the Park to […]

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Easing congestion

Instead of piecemeal cycle way addition there should be a concerted effort right across the Borough to create a cycling hub. At present our town, for bikers, is only fit for experienced people and pavement cowboys.

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Environmental Action

Please ensure that the Boston Town Deal is able to be carbon neutral and environmentally friendly. Not only this, but trees and other green open spaces have been proven to improve mental health. Recycling bins should also be available.

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A more welcoming town

I’d like to see a more welcoming town. Teaching people how to live and embrace where they live. Perhaps something like town ambassadors who could give people looking to either move to Boston or work in Boston. There could be a Facebook page dedicated to it where people can look for the page and then […]

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Activities for teenagers

Something for teenagers to do in an evening. I have a 15 year old son. They hang about at Maccies coz it’s cold. Have a game of footy at Peter Paine every now and then. They need something that is cheap or free. I’m on a good wage but can’t afford for him to join […]

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Joint family activities

An ice rink, Jump trampoline park, Summer paddling streams in Central Park. Arcade area in the park maybe. Places for all to use, young and older. we currently travel out of town to do Thease things, that means our money is spent in other counties. Also costing us more in tavel expenses to do the […]

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Leisure

Central leisure complex, swim, gym, park Food court, easy transport links, complete recreational area

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One sided supermarkets

Instead of having all supermarkets on one side if town causing untold traffic congestion, why not build a supermarket on the other side if town too. Maybe somewhere near Boston bowl area. Never know it might just ease a little John Adams way congestion as we wouldn’t all be trying to get to one side […]

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Sport Community

Funding for local sports regardless of whether they’re a charity or small business, to focus on building the sport from grassroots to Olympic standard. Making it easily accessible to all abilities and ages teaching the importance of health and fitness. Sport not only teaches an activity, it teaches lifelong lessons that shape the future. By […]

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“Field of Dreams”

It’s often said that no one will want or use anything new or change what they do. I don’t subscribe to that. Using the film phrase, “if you build it they will come”. Let’s use our assets in a coordinated and forward looking way. Fully integrate transport , including the waterways, so motorised vehicles are […]

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Engage the young people!

We desperately, desperately need to engage the young people of this town. Inadequate funding has led to loss of youth services and a lack of safe, supervised spaces for young people to meet. In turn, this has led to groups of teenagers meeting up in unsuitable surroundings with nothing to do and no one to […]

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Pavement water fountains

Near the statue of Herbert Ingram, who brought piped water to Boston, we could install pavement water fountains. This, I feel on sunny days, would encourage families to use the centre of town enjoying this facility. Children love to splash in and out of water. Thus giving the town another purpose….enjoyment.

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Activities

The town is in desperate need of an activity hub/facility that accommodates young people of all ages. The lack of facilities compared to other larger towns and cities is very apparent with the number of young people seen hanging around in large groups and at times causing ASB.

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Food Court

Due to the diversity of the population of Boston a tourist and local destination attraction would be A Food Court for consumers to experience a range of cuisine in specialist cafes and restaurants for dining, shops for purchasing a range of foods, an exhibition hall to hold specialist food markets, exhibitions, learning areas about other […]

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Transport

A move towards greener public transport provision. More separate cycle routes, not just on the sides of already busy roads. Long term plan could be along the lines of Peterborough’s Green Wheel – to encourage people to get out on their bikes (health & well being) but with links to the centre for commuting (reducing […]

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Attracting businesses & visitors

The town has some fantastic businesses and an excellent college. It should be investigated why our young people have such low aspirations. We need to give them good reasons to stay if we are to prevent the town from dying. Provide co-working space with excellent broadband and networking opportunities for start-ups. If this is in […]

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improving the town centre

People will only come into town, particularly at night, if they feel safe. There should be obvious enforcement presence in the town, backed by more obvious CCTV. Whilst there has been more prosecutions for spitting and littering lately, this needs to increase and be publicised as a deterrent. Fly tipping in all areas of the […]

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better health facilities

An NHS walk-in centre in the town could alleviate the pressure on A&E. It could also be a centre for dentists, pharmacy, mental health care and could run alongside a community hub that would bring people together – multi-agency working! A multi-storey car park at the hospital would help solve the lack of parking. It […]

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Visitor and resident information

Boston needs to make much more of its many assets to increase the visitor economy and to make residents proud of where they live. Boston has more than 20 major things for both visitors and residents to enjoy but they could be better promoted and advertised. There needs to be easier and clearer ‘signposting’ to […]

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Traffic

I would suggest that something is done in regards to the mass amount of traffic that is in Boston on a day to day basis. It takes at least 30 minutes to get out of town around 4:45-6.

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3g/4g football/sports pitch

I would like to suggest a 3g / 4g artificial all weather pitch for the town. We have none available nearest being Sleaford and Lincoln have numerous. the grass pitches in the area are unable to cope with the weather this time of the year. There is a lot of junior foot ball teams within […]

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The Market Place

The market place is a fantastic space. Nestling under the mighty Stump (the biggest Parish Church in uk) but full of random cars that no one can tell where they are going…it would be fantastic if we can get rid of the cars, they can still come over the bridge and go past Boots, but […]

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Electric Buses

Can both Boston and the County councils work together to get electric buses in our town. I have seen the new fund promoted by government and rather than the money always going to the big cities, what about Boston? We have air quality issues in the town centre (2 Air Quality Action Orders are in […]

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One chance to make a first impression

Creating a sense of arrival with attractive (and well maintained) tree planting alongside main routes into town is a cost effective way to say this is a pleasant place to visit and live in. It creates some consistency, softens the impact of any ugly structures and in setting a high standard can encourage everyone to […]

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Market Place

Repurpose the Market Place to encourage people to visit Boston day & night. Demolish the Marks & Spencer building and create an area on that site to house the current Wednesday & Saturday markets. Also erect wooden type chalet huts for independent craft/food companies to sell their goods (such as York/Notts Christmas Markets) which would […]

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Artificial Pitch

I would like to suggest a 3g / 4g artificial all weather pitch for the town. We have none available and with the weather we seem to have these days, the grass pitches do not take all the catch up games required. There is a lot of junior foot ball teams within the community that […]

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Market Place

We need to make much more of the historic market place. Currently it’s relatively stark and a free for all car park other than on market days. People love to socialise and watch the world go by but the atmosphere needs to be right. If we could close off the Market Place to traffic, green […]

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Better CCTV in town and areas

I would strongly put it out there that we lack CCTV in our town, there are areas where there is no coverage and crime goes on. Improve the CCTV quality, in town centre in Boston there is no biking signs yet all biker go through there without a care. A little girl got knocked over […]

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Health and Leisure

I really like the idea suggested by the Council and health services to have new leisure and health facilities in the town centre. This would also create new purpose to visit the town centre and breathe life back into the retail sector. Once people are there in the centre for health and leisure reasons, they […]

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Make the town work together

I think that Boston is a town with many great individual companies and organisations. I think that neither the town, district or region are fully aware of the diversity and impact of these businesses. The opportunity for ‘brand Boston’ to build and develop upon individual specialist companies and reach a higher profile should not be […]

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Spruce up the historical areas

I work in Boston but don’t live in the borough, and I love the town. It has so much potential, and so much history that we should celebrate more. I suggest sprucing up the small lanes and alleys – Red Lion Street, streets parallel to Dolphin Lane and those that radiate out of Pump Square […]

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Park and Ride

Provide a park and ride into town from both the East and West. One could operate from PRSA and the other from Pilgrim Hospital. Use of electric buses would reduce pollution and support the climate change agenda. If not viable to run on a full time basis, a service during peak periods, such as market […]

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Buses

We need to ease congestion in the town. I believe the Intu Town bus service has been successful and this should be expanded to cover more areas of the town. Perhaps with the addition of real time info. at bus stops so people know when the next bus will be along rather than waiting in […]

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Indoor specialist ‘market’

The former M&S building could be refurbished to make space for small stalls or kiosks selling quality artisan food, arts and crafts, hand-made jewellery, specialist teas and coffees etc. It could also provide a tourist/general information point for residents and visitors.

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Business Start Ups

Many start-up businesses struggle to get off the ground because of start-up costs, high rent and rates. Providing some small low cost units in a prominent location to allow businesses to test the market and take their first steps might help some flourish and then with confidence in the market move on to some of […]

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TRAMPOLINE PARK

I would like to see more for children and young people to do in a safe environment and also with health benefits. The town needs a trampoline park/indoor inflatables to suit toddlers up to teenagers. This facility could also be used for exercise classes for adults. Also high ropes/tree top activities in a park setting […]

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Haven Bank / Witham Bank

The rivers (Haven & Witham) that run through the centre of Boston are in my mind a missed opportunity to help showcase Boston and bring in extra investment, business opportunities as well as being a new attraction to bring more people into town for a visit. I believe previously it was a consideration to remove […]

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Facilities for our young people

I am really pleased to see the investment and facilities that will be going into Central Park very soon, this will certainly improve facilities for our young people. However facilities such as all weather pitches or indoor large spaces that can be utilised, hired or used by groups of young people, especially by the great […]

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Fit for tomorrow

Boston has a great history, which is often not widely appreciated. The Town Deal gives an opportunity to create a new legacy to enable the town to thrive in the 21st century whilst not losing sight of its significant heritage. Delivering a town centre that provides a vibrant place for current and future residents and […]

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Sports

4G pitch for the schools, youth groups, football teams, teenagers to be able to use

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Congestion

Boston traffic congestion is horrendous. Takes too long to navigate from one side of town to the other, train crossing add to the problems. Huge investment is needed, add fly overs / bridges so traffic can flow at the same time as the trains.

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.. If not LaSacala what about M & S

As an alternative to restoring e LaScala theatre, utilise the former Marks & Spencer Building to provide a community hub/café area. The café culture in the town is not necessarily suitable for older residents or young families. The hub could include a café, soft play area to attract families & offer events for older residents […]

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Diversity?

It’s a bit disappointing to see a lack of representation on the Board from other ethic backgrounds, given the number of Eastern Europeans and other nationalities who run successful businesses in Boston. I hope their views will be actively sought as part of this initiative.

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Traffic…

Traffic cripples Boston. If you really want to make a positive impact on the Boston Borough, then solving the traffic problem around the town centre is the primary issue. I understand that this town deal is not just an exercise to improve Boston’s infrastructure, but it is a serious problem. Whenever I speak to anyone […]

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Heritage and Tourism

Boston’s heritage is amazing. The history in the town so rich. And so relevant to today. I would like the town deal to investigate how to connect heritage to all communities and businesses, bringing people together, increasing access, strengthening relationships and investing in the towns tourism offer. Which in turn will increase a sense of […]

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Multi use facilities

People don’t tend to go into town now just for shopping, they need more to lure them in. Having multi use areas/buildings in the town centre that incorporate offices, culture, restaurants, leisure, learning hubs, residential units, open spaces and health facilities will attract people in and they will then use the shops more. For example […]

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Visitor Economy

We have great history and great stories to tell. The celebration of Boston MA in 2030 will be special for Boston UK because that Boston only exists because 10% of people emigrated from Boston UK to America. Please can we make sure we have the revenue support to enable a strong investment in the promotion […]

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Hotel in Town Centre

The council did some consultation on regenerating the town centre and all of it is great but the hotel was suggested as being in a later phase. I think it needs to be in a sooner phase to allow the tourism sector to take advantage of the higher profile a new hotel would bring to […]

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Excite our Young People

Our fantastic young people have one of the lowest aspiration rates in the region. We need more focus on the business we have in Boston building better connections with schools and our college so our young people can see the jobs they can aspire to. This would include revenue support for set projects that allow […]

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La Scala

Restore the LaScala theatre, with a community hub/café area downstairs. The café culture in the town is not necessarily suitable for older residents or young families. The hub could include a café, soft play area to attract families & offer events for older residents such as afternoon teas & cinema screenings in the theatre. The […]

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Free parking

Free parking – it’s difficult to get into town because of terrible congestion and then you have to pay a lot to park.

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Revenue not just Capital

In order to deliver the key objectives of urban regeneration, connectivity and enterprise there will be a need for sustained efforts and support for initiatives which are delivered by people alongside capital interventions. Heritage, culture, cohesion and others will deliver outcomes in support of any physical interventions.

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