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Boston Borough Council buys grot spot as part of £15 million town centre regeneration

A derelict building has been purchased as part of a £15 million town centre regeneration project.

The Rosegarth Square development plans to transform the centre of Boston near its bus station into a new public park which will stretch from the River Witham to the Len Medlock Centre.

Thanks to £14.8 million investment from the Government’s Levelling Up fund the area will be transformed into an accessible new space for people to enjoy.

It will include green spaces, improved pedestrian routes and artwork.

This vision has taken a step further forward after Boston Borough Council bought the former B&M site, the vacant building sitting in the heart of the proposed development.

“Improving the town centre is one of our top priorities and we are determined to push ahead to ensure our vision becomes a reality,” said BBC leader Coun Anne Dorrian

“Developing this large, derelict building is yet another piece in that transformation jigsaw.

“I am really pleased that we have been able to utilise government grant funding to purchase the former B&M site, and we have exciting ideas to ensure that the site makes a positive contribution to our town.”

LincsOnline has apprpoached the authority to ask how much the paid for the site.

The B&M store ceased operating a number of years ago and since then, the site has been earmarked for redevelopment.

Previously the site - an important part of the council’s overall aspirations for the town centre regeneration - was home to a number of supermarkets, including Hilliards, Tesco and Kwik-Save.

The project is one of a series seeing significant investment being made in the town, with others including the Boston Town Deal projects, Blenkin Memorial Hall, Dolphin Lane rejuvenation, transforming Boston’s Historic buildings, Boston railway station transformation and the demolition of the former Ingelow Centre ready for the new Mayflower building, part of Boston College.

“This is just the beginning of our journey to deliver a town centre which residents will be proud of, businesses will want to invest in, and visitors will come to shop, eat and drink, socialise and spend their free time,” said Coun Dorrian.

“We're grateful for the support of HM Government through the Levelling Up Fund, making this transformation possible for the benefit of our community.”

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