Press Release - 03 October
writes to the Editors of the Boston Standard and the Boston
The October issue of the "County News"
asks for views on the Southern Bypass for Lincoln. This bypass
is proposed and being pushed through quickly, on top of the
Lincoln Eastern Bypass, which is scheduled for the next large
bypass in Lincolnshire. The article anticipates that the bypasses
would reduce traffic congestion and make it easier to get into
and out of the city. It amazes me when it is far easier to get
into and out of Lincoln compared to Boston. It recently took
me 50 minutes to get from my house in Boston to Pilgrim Hospital,
more or less the same time span to get to Lincoln County Hospital.
I have suggested to Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire
County Council and to Boston Borough Council that a JAC (Joint
Advisory Committee) be set up for Boston but Cllr Hill, politely
pointed out that there are more authorities for the Greater
Lincoln Area than the two for Boston. This is correct, but the
committee comprises other representatives as well, namely EMDA,
Environmental Agency and Lincolnshire Enterprise. However, the
most significant point to note is that Cllr William Webb is
Chair of the Committee. How convenient when he is Portfolio
Holder for Highways and makes all the decisions.
Come on Councillors at Boston Borough, get lobbying!
In the same edition it mentions that work on the Burgh le Marsh
bypass has commenced 18 months earlier than expected. This was
due to successful lobbying by the Council. Who is Chair of the
Highways PDG, non other than Cllr Neil Cooper. I need not mention
which part of Lincolnshire Cllr Cooper represents.
The Boston Transport Study was due to be discussed at the Highways
PDG meeting this week but once again, Boston has been put to
one side. Maybe there are more pressing issues but why are our
County Councillors not pushing? I think the word is lobbying!
They are elected to represent us at Lincoln but I see little
activity. They need to ask why the continued postponement.
Come on County Councillors, get lobbying!
Over the last week or so it has been interesting to see that
our Borough Councillors are now mentioning the word "bypass".
I wonder why? They have 8 months to get some action. Anyone
who supports a bypass will get our group's support. We need
a bypass and not any small piecemeal alterations to traffic
lights, more roundabouts, one-way systems, etc.
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
03 October 2006
BBEG Meet MP
The BBEG have met with Mark Simmonds MP.
BBEG Chairman Robert Fisher states: "It was
a very revealing meeting, and it also gave us the
chance to reaffirm our group's stance that a bit-part
solution will not be acceptable - we do not want
to be passed off with another John Adams Way by
widening existing roads - the only solution is the
provision of a decent road infrastructure around
29 September 2006
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