The reopening of the South Holland Center and market day events are among the initiatives announced by city leaders to support downtown Spalding.
The South Holland District Council unveiled a number of new measures to encourage more visitors to the city, including free parking in its short-term car parks.
Council chief Gary Porter said: âOver the past few months we have already started to see businesses choosing to invest in our inner cities and more and more traders joining our weekly markets.
âWe recognize the financial difficulties and uncertainty that many of our businesses have experienced over the past year. In addition to the support we have given through the distribution of government grants, we now want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to support businesses by encouraging shoppers to return to our city centers and shopping streets.
âThese new initiatives are part of our continued commitment to making our downtowns a safe, clean and relevant place to work, shop and visit. We hope this will encourage people to explore the shops, pubs, restaurants and leisure activities on offer this summer, as we continue on the road to recovery from the pandemic. “
The latest wealth of measures are:
- Extension of the offer to traders of open market locations across the District until October
- Consultation on future initiatives for the market, including a new user-friendly reservation and support for new traders and micro-businesses to try out a stand
- Opening of the South Holland Center at the end of July for a summer film program
- A program of entertainment and entertainment in the city center, including market days
- Extension of the opening days of public toilets in Spalding and additional investments in district facilities
- Additional resource for cleaning and maintaining city centers and shopping streets
- Work with Boston College to help businesses, traders, and residents with their digital skills.
Since the first nationwide restrictions in March 2020, the council has administered nearly Â£ 30million in government financial assistance to around 2,000 businesses across South Holland.
On top of that, the council received Â£ 86,000 under the Government’s Welcome Fund, as well as an investment of Â£ 500,000 of local taxpayers’ money in the improvement of the town center, as this has announced in the 2019-2020 council budget.