Press Release - 01 August
BBEG member Ted
Brooks writes to the Editor of the Boston Target
We write in response to your article in last
week’s Boston Target entitled, “Let’s not
rush for a bypass!”
Your headline sums up the approach we’ve been facing by
Lincolnshire County Council to date. As you know, both local
newspapers have run campaigns for a bypass for several years
now and there are several pressure groups trying to get Lincolnshire
County Council to open their eyes to Boston’s dire traffic
situation that needs something doing about it urgently.
But we keep being told that the chance of getting a bypass for
Boston is low. It even says so on the Transport Strategy Public
Consultation document. It is this very attitude that we must
overcome at Lincolnshire County Council.
We do not think it is right for Keith Barber, senior project
manager for Jacobs Babtie, to make such a comment as, "The
likelihood of getting funding for a bypass is low", since
surely his role is to produce the figures and let other people
What is critical for a case to be made for Boston is the correct
definition of "through traffic". Our website www.bbeg.org.uk
shows our interpretation of what “through traffic”
actually is in Boston and such a definition produces a figure
of almost 80%.
This is the same high figure as the result of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's
Breakfast Show feature entitled “Battle of the Bypasses”,
the results of which were announced on Friday 28th July. The
show reported an all time record of text votes for any feature
they have ever made. The results were Boston 81%, Lincoln 15%,
Skegness 2% and Stamford 2%.
We all need to push for a bypass and do some tinkering in the
meantime while a bypass is being planned and then built. Councillor
William Webb, LCC Executive Member for Highways told us at the
recent public consultation on the Wednesday in Boston’s
Market Place that, “After today, I would be very foolish
to return to LCC and do nothing for Boston. It is clear that
Boston needs both a short term and long term solution.”
Councillor Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, stated
on BBC Radio Lincolnshire the other week that, “Boston
needs a bypass”, and upon hearing the runaway results
of the text voting for Boston, said, “We must get everything
organised in Lincolnshire to put a good case for Boston”.
We hope to never see such a headline as “Let’s not
rush for a bypass!” again. It’s over to you Councillors
Hill and Webb.
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
01 August 2006
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