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The second of a three-phase project to raise Boston's profile has been completed.
Boston Borough Council's Cabinet praised the work so far undertaken by the Prosperous Boston group and accepted its report on the second phase of the review.
This phase covers car parks, environment and transport, signage, cleanliness and anti-social behaviour, flora and art and transport links to and from town.
The first phase examined the retail experience and facilities provided including a full review of shops, markets and shops.
Some early gains had already been made, such as introduction of a community toilet scheme to provide three additional toilets the public could use in addition to existing facilities. There had also been reprioritisation and redecoration of fingerpost signage in the town centre and information and mapping boards interpreting key events from the town's history.
Prosperous Boston members called for improved public toilets signage in the town centre and on the approach roads to the town.
The third and final phase will concentrate on tourism and events including a full review of promotion of the town, all events and accommodation.
The group is seeking to improve the viability and vitality of Boston.
Cabinet members supported a proposal for talks to be held with retailers with a view to them supporting a potential discount voucher for their businesses, printed on the reverse of car parking tickets.
There has already been a Heritage Lottery Fund award to enhance 14 buildings through grants on the eastern side of the Market Place, Dolphin Lane and Pump Square.
A food festival is being planned for Sunday, September 24. Much volunteer work has improved areas of town thanks to organisations such as Big Boston Local, People's Health Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society, Western Power Distribution, North Sea Camp, Arts Council, Transported, Boston In Bloom and Boston Greenscapers.
More of this type of work is planned, to include improvements by the White Hart Hotel to an area near the Town Bridge, improvements to Central Park and a second knot garden in the Stump grounds. Boston in Bloom, twice gold award winners, will host the 2017 regional awards at the Stump. Permanent metal sheep and shepherd silhouettes are to be installed on Bargate Roundabout. And redundant navigation buoys may be used to mark the area's maritime links and mark gateways to the town.
Unsightly chewing gum had been removed from footpaths and tougher new rules to encourage owners to clean up after their dogs have been introduced.
Liquorpond Roundabout may feature a sculpture relating to the Hanseastic League or Mayflower.
The stalls at the Family Funday Friday free community day in Boston Market Place proved very popular.