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New facilities to welcome more waterways visitors

A new slipway at Hubberts Bridge is helping people make the most of Boston borough's waterways.

The 3.7m-wide slipway is located alongside the Wheatsheaf public house off the B1192, and is the first point of access into the tidal navigation from The Haven for small craft upstream of Black Sluice Lock.

The first coin-operated pump-out facility along this navigation has also been installed on the adjacent mooring.

Councillor Colin Davie, Lincolnshire Country Council's executive member for economic development, said: "Tourism is a key sector for this part of the county, and we want to make our waterways as attractive to visitors as possible.

"This is an important step towards providing a link between the cathedral cities of Lincoln, Peterborough and Ely that also incorporates the market towns of Boston, Spalding, Crowland and Ramsey.

"It will be followed later this year by the Black Sluice Multi-User Trail, which will create a route for walkers and cyclists along the south bank of the drain between Hubberts Bridge and Wyberton High Bridge.

"And hopefully these improvements will bring more visitors to the area and a boost for local businesses."

The works were carried out by John Martin Hoyes and supported by the Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership, the Environment Agency and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The facility is part of the Lincolnshire Waterways: Routes Not Barriers project, which has attracted almost £1m from the ERDF.