Press Release - 02 May
BBEG make a Formal
Complaint to Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council
PO Box 841
2 May 2006
A1073 PROGRESS IN LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN
We are writing to submit a formal complaint against
Lincolnshire County Council for progressing the above road (A1073)
in the 2nd Local Transport Plan, despite the conviction of Mr
Speechley for his involvement in the re-routing of this road
and the recent disqualification of Mr Croft for breaching the
Councillors Code of Conduct.
To our knowledge, no subsequent investigation into the chosen
route of the A1073 has taken place, and despite Cllr Hill's
recent comments in the County News (May 2006 edition) that,
"the events at the centre of this hearing took place before
I became leader and appointed an entirely new executive",
Cllr Hill was in fact, we understand, Finance Chairman at the
time. LCC are going ahead with a road scheme which was "planned"
by a previous leader, who was convicted for that reason and
who will now profit.
Furthermore, Cllr Hill claims to have sought the 'help of councillors
of all groups', but proceeded to get elected an entirely new
executive from his own same political party. We understand that
the whole current cabinet were supporting Mr Speechley as Councillors.
LCC are proceeding with this same scheme, to the detriment of
the urgent requirement of a road infrastructure in Boston, despite
rising costs, as we understand it, from £24 million to
£44 million to £77 million, yet a small road scheme
in Boston has been recently labelled as "simply unaffordable".
The LCC Executive Decision which became effective on 15 February
2006 states that Boston is to be included in an aspirational
list and that no work be undertaken on any aspirational schemes
during the LTP2 period because they are "unlikely to be
of such regional importance that they would gain regional backing
for central government funding".
We also understand that there has been no agreement of funding
from the Eastern Region for the A1073, since the road in question
passes over the border of Lincolnshire to Peterboro. This will
surely only lead to even further funding being required from
the pot of money held by the Regional Assembly?
The BBEG would like to see a full independent Inquiry into the
decision to continue with the A1073 in its current unchallenged
state, following the conviction of Mr Speechley, and the inclusion
of the A1073 in the 2nd Local Transport Plan above that of more
urgent road infrastructures.
for and on behalf of the Boston Bypass & Economic Growth
Pressure Group (BBEG)
02 May 2006
cc: Mr Tony McArdle
Lincolnshire County Council
cc: Complaints Unit Manager
Audit Policy and Appointments
Westward House, Lime Kiln Close
Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34
Observations of a Coach Driver
Ted Brooks states, "Lincolnshire is
the worst county that I drive in and I have lived there
all my life ... There is very little chance to overtake
safely. Even some existing wider roads are being made
single file by planting concrete kerbs and bollards
in the middle of the road. Is that safer?"
"What Lincoln wants, Lincoln gets. What Boston needs, Lincoln forgets."