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Local Trust gives 'thumbs up' to latest Boston Big Local plan

Local Trust has approved Boston Big Local's second plan, covering years 3 and 4 of the ten year Big Local project which is investing £1m of Big Lottery money in Boston.

The newly approved plan sets out details of the project's priorities, the expected outcomes and action plans for each theme, and details of the budget for April 2017 to March 2019.

Boston is one of 150 areas across the UK to have received an award from the Big Lottery Fund. The funding aims to make each area even better places to live by helping residents develop their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and make decisions and take action to change things for the better. 

"Boston Big Local has now reached the third year of a ten year project" said Richard Tory, Chair of the Boston Big Local partnership group. "In the first two years we funded and supported a wide range of great activities that have helped to bring about positive changes in the area. This was made possible through the strong links we have forged with local delivery partners.  As well as supporting big public events, such as the Beach in Central Park, Boston in Bloom (which garnered two Gold Awards) and helping with the launch of the Boston Marathon UK, the group is also proud to have helped smaller projects such as the Arts for Dementia support group, the Boston Community Transport scheme and Swimming Lessons for Year 6 students.

"Over the last six months we've been consulting with local residents, groups and organisations to get their views on what should be included in the plan for the next two years. The Boston Big Local partnership group used feedback from the consultations to review and further develop the latest plan. Our continuing aim is to fund activities that meet local needs based on four themes: improving health and wellbeing; creating a more attractive environment; building community spirit; and encouraging enterprise.

"We are very pleased that the plan has been approved by Local Trust," Richard Tory added. "We can now get on and work with our delivery partners to put the agreed activities into action for the benefit of Boston residents."

Boston Big Local plans to spend a total of £248,000 over the next two years across all of its activities. Residents can read the full Boston Big Local Plan at bostonbiglocal.co.uk/plan-2.