Boston Borough Full Council
Meeting - 27 February 2006
Three members of the BBEG attended the Full Meeting
of Boston Borough Council this evening, to ask public questions.
Below are the questions submitted to the Council on 17 February
2006 - at least 5 days in advance, as required by the Council:
Question to Cllr Joyce Dobson by Michael Borrill
Boston is suffering economically through incorrect decisions
being taken which will affect the area for some time. A booming
tourist industry is there for the begging but the right conditions
have to be in place.
The road infrastructure has to be rectified sooner rather than
later or instead of industry relocating here, the reverse will
happen. Boston Borough Council must put a more positive emphasis
on roads, putting them to the forefront of development and showing
a more resolute stance towards Lincolnshire County Council,
who must be pressed at every opportunity.
What action is the Council taking?
Question to Cllr Joyce Dobson
by Robert Fisher
Why is it that planning applications which affect the chronic
traffic problems in Boston are increasingly being objected to
by Boston Borough Council but overruled by Lincolnshire County
How can this be allowed to happen?
Question to Cllr Mary Wright by
Cllr Mary Wright appears to have attempted to steal the clothes
off the back of the pressure groups and protestors regarding
the thankfully now doomed Southern Link Road. Her recent comments
in the local press are as follows:
We should “give some thought as to its routing”
and “even a realigned SLR”;
It (the SLR) “could have delivered part of the infrastructure
for a solution to the areas traffic problems”;
Now “we need a radical cure for our traffic problems”.
When protest groups suggested relocating the SLR to form a part
of the yearned for bypass, this was rejected without any consideration.
She is now suggesting re-routing. If she supports it now, can
she honestly tell us why she opposed it in the past?
Following each prepared answer given by members
of the Council, the following supplementary questions were asked
by the three members of the BBEG in turn:
by Michael Borrill
It has been suggested that Lincolnshire County
Council is looking at other ways to fund the Lincoln Eastern
Bypass. What action is being taken to look at alternative funding
for a Boston Bypass?
Supplementary Question by Robert
Thank you for clarifying that Boston Borough
Council does not and will not allow Lincolnshire County Council
to overrule their planning decisions. However, are you not regularly
advised that if you turn down planning applications solely on
highways issues alone, the expectation is for LCC to state that
BBC would lose on appeal or that LCC will attach conditions?
Supplementary Question by Brian
Can I now be assured that whatever logic or
inspiration she has adopted which seems to have caused her to
consider re-routing, she will apply the same processes to the
ill-conceived, and in my opinion, extremely dangerous and ineffectual
Dock Link Road, and on the basis of this new found illumination,
will she seek to direct her elite 21 Group to support Councillors
of all parties, and the townsfolk of Boston, vocally and visibly,
in the pursuance of the delivery of the only road project that
really will secure the future economic lifeline of Boston and
the surrounding area, that madam, is the Boston Bypass. Could
she please answer, yes or no, and if not why not?
Once the answers to all questions have been provided by the
Council, we will post them on this website.
Boston Borough Council would not allow BBEG member Brian
Rush to ask his original public question at the Full Council
Meeting on 27 February, claiming it had to be re-worded
"to remove any offence." The phrase that was
removed from the questions submitted in advance to Council
was: "Cllr Mary Wright appears to have attempted
to steal the clothes off the back of the pressure groups
and protestors regarding the thankfully now doomed Southern
Brian Rush is now asking who was involved in this "censoring
At the public meeting held by the Boston Target in November
2004, it was highlighted to Boston Borough Council and
Lincolnshire County Council that something needed to
be done about Boston's dire traffic congestion.
Here we are, 15 months later, and the traffic situation
remains exactly the same, as shown by the photographic
evidence taken on 10 February 2006.
the photos ...