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Press Release - 02 September 2007

BBEG receive a reply from Cllr Martin Hill and write back immediately:
Are you now accusing the Grantham Journal of printing inaccurate reports?

Dear Cllr Hill

Thank you for your response to our letter/email dated 22 July 2007 and subsequent reminders dated 15 August 2007 and 31 August 2007 (below).

It is with utter disbelief and amazement that we read your reply.

We would firstly like to respond to your point that, “The Grantham Bypass will be funded by private investment and is not reliant on 35 million pounds of government funding. Boston is being treated the same way as other places in Lincolnshire that are in need of a bypass by working in co-operation with the relevant parties.”

We attach an article from the Grantham Journal published at the end of July which states that, “The councils are urging the public to back the bid – a bid for up to £55 million to make Grantham a bigger, better and balanced town … submitted to Government under the Growth Point initiative on Tuesday.”

Are you now accusing the Grantham Journal of printing inaccurate reports?

We would secondly like to state that it is not acceptable to us that you disclaim responsibility for LCC requesting that Quentin Davies MP should approach the Government for funding, as you were not leader at the time. If the leader at that time was ex Cllr Speechley then, as a member of his Executive and with a Financial portfolio, surely you would have known that an approach was to be made to the MP for Grantham. I am sure your Executive at Lincolnshire County Council would know your intentions, if you did likewise for Boston.

We look forward to your further explanation about the Grantham bypass funding.

Yours sincerely

Robert Fisher
Chair, Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
www.bbeg.org.uk
02 September 2007

Grantham Journal


Dear Mr Fisher

Thank you for your email as below:-

In response to your specific questions

1) I have continued to make clear that this Council is committed to providing a deliverable long term solution for the traffic problem in the town. As you are aware we are currently working with the Borough Council to make that aim a realistic possibility with the provision of a relief road. At the full council meeting I did make it clear that we fully accepted that the traffic in Boston would be fully addressed there have been many other meetings where I have made similar points.

2) I did not behest Quinton Davies (his terminology) Quentin Davies to approach the government as leader because I was not the leader at the time , however I fully supported his approach but it must be noted that the approach ended in total failure. It was made clear that a simpler approach regarding Boston would have met with a similar response which is why both in Grantham & Boston we are working with the District Councils to fund a relief road by other means.

3) The Grantham Bypass will be funded by private investment and is not reliant on 35 million pounds of government funding. Boston is being treated the same way as other places in Lincolnshire that are in need of a bypass by working in co-operation with the relevant parties.

4) Independent auditors are district audititors who can be contacted via our Director of Resources if you have any specific issues.

With the kindest regards

Cllr. M J Hill
Folkingingham Rural
31 August 2007

Observation: Dear Cllr Hill, Since my emails below, I have not received the courtesy of a reply from you unfortunately, but it has emerged that your statement that Grantham's bypass, which was supposed to be funded by private investment, was in fact only possible by the inclusion £25 million from the Government? This announced immediately after Quentin Davies' defection to the Labour Party?

The people of Boston are patiently awaiting a response to my letter, please. Grantham has now overtaken Boston in the bypass stakes, and it now looks like Moulton and Whaplode are being lined up for the next priorities by Cllr Webb?

Which independent auditors and inspectors are monitoring what is actually happening at Lincolnshire County Council, please, as per our assurance by David Cameron? The Local Government Ombudsman is powerless to represent the electorate of any town/city, it seems, and can only act for individuals who suffer an injustice.

As a member of the electorate of Boston, I formally request a response to my letter please, before taking the matter up with my MP and the Standards Board. It is unacceptable to me that you say one thing publicly, yet privately, and within the Council chambers, you appear to say quite another. I would like you to answer my questions please.

Kind regards.

ROBERT FISHER
28 August 2007


Dear Cllr Hill

On BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 18 July 2006, your radio interview addressing the public on the Rod Whiting breakfast show included the following transcript, as provided by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) under the Freedom of Information Act:

Rod Whiting: And Dave has emailed me. He says: 'The bypass exhibition in Boston on Saturday, one of the officials there was asked why places like Partney and Burgh le Marsh were felt to be in need of bypasses but not Boston. The answer was that it was necessary to improve the quality of life for the residents for the summer holiday period. Well, since Boston suffers interference to its quality of life for 52 weeks of the year, isn't it now time to give us our bypass?'

Councillor Hill: Yes. We've discussed this before (.?.) Boston. I quite agree. Boston does need a bypass and again, we need to make the case because we're not masters of our own destiny in this. So yes, I'd agree with you. Yes we need a bypass.


Also, Network Rail have recently confirmed to us in writing that they 'are aware of the desire to build a bypass for Boston' as part of their discussions with LCC, and as such are pleased to co-operate in looking at the implications in so far as the effect on our infrastructure.


However, at the Full Council Meeting (AGM) on 18 May 2007 (listen again), where your audience was clearly the new Chairman of LCC and fellow Councillors, you stated that Boston was one of many market towns in the country, no different to any other and then proceeded to comment that Sleaford, which has a bypass, is just as congested. Of course, we realise that the new Chairman comes from Sleaford.

With the recent announcement that Grantham is now to have a whole bypass within 4-5 years, we would like to ask you these questions:

1. Why did you not honour your promise to the public and to Network Rail and emphasise to the Chairman of LCC at the Full Council Meeting & AGM your commitment of the need for a bypass for Boston, instead of telling him that Boston is no different to any other market town in the country?

2. Why did you 'behest' (the dictionary definition of behest is 'command') Quentin Davies MP to approach the Government in 2002/2003 about a Grantham bypass [see his recent article below] and not do the same for Boston through our MP Mark Simmonds?

The further subsequent promise to define a line on the map for the route of a distributor road for Boston in 2 years, emphasises the sort of urgency and priority that has been lacking for years and years, even before the Boston Bypass Independents were elected by the people of Boston.

We await the explanation with interest.

Yours sincerely

Robert Fisher
Chair, Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
www.bbeg.org.uk
22 July 2007

 

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