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Joint Press Release - 14 December 2006

Enough is Enough is Enough - Public Meeting

The Boston Bypass Pressure Group (BBPG) and the Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG) would like to announce a Public Meeting to be held on Monday 29 January 2007 at 7.00pm at the Haven High Technology College, Marion Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 9HB.

By issuing this Joint Press Release, we are hereby informing the Mayor of Boston (Cllr Richard Leggott) and the Leader of Boston Borough Council (Cllr Mary Wright), that we intend to propose a motion at this Public Meeting to hold a Town Referendum, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12, Part 3, Paragraph 18 (the Referendum must then be held by the Council within 14 to 25 days as required under the Regulations).

The BBPG & BBEG intend to call for
a Town Referendum to be held.

Please help us to publicise this date as soon as possible to ensure that people make a note of it in their diaries. Never has it been so important that the voices of our fellow Bostonians be heard on this particular issue – a bypass for Boston.

We will also be holding a press conference at sometime during the first week of January (exact date yet to be confirmed). This will be prior to the Boston Transport Study being discussed at the Highways PDG meeting at Lincolnshire County Council on 8 January 2007 and a decision being made the following day on 9 January 2007 by Martin Hill’s Executive Group at Lincolnshire County Council.

Thank you.

Chair, Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
14 December 2006


Boston Standard Front Page News - 20 Dec 2006

An official referendum is likely to be held in Boston early in the new year over the burning issue of a bypass for the town. Bypass groups are planning to trigger an archaic piece of legislation which gives them the right to demand their local council holds a referendum within their parish over an important issue of the day.

The pressure groups are confident the Boston public will be sufficiently motivated by the highly-emotive bypass issue to make the trip to a polling station and cast their votes – a strong public turnout and large majority in support of a Boston Bypass would send a powerful message out to those in charge of highways decisions.
"It's a matter of promoting our cause as wide as we can," said Christine Basu, chairman of the Boston Bypass Pressure Group.

"We're not just looking at the borough and the county when we're pushing for a traffic solution, we've got to look at East Midlands organisations and we've got to look nationally. We need these larger bodies to become aware of public opinion."

Boston Standard - 20 Dec 2006
The Boston Standard - 20 Dec 2006.

The poll will not be held across the whole of the Boston borough – the legislation only allows campaigners to trigger small, parish referendums, each of which is likely to cost Boston Borough Council thousands of pounds to organise. It has not yet been decided in which parish or parishes the referendum will be held, or precisely how the question will be phrased. But campaigners say a simple yes/no question over the bypass issue will be a better gauge of local opinion than the public consultation exercise undertaken by Lincolnshire County Council in the summer.

"One of the major criticisms we have of the public consultation is that it was very complicated," Mrs Basu said. "The information wasn't in proper English, and I think that confused a lot of people."

To trigger a parish referendum, the law states campaigners must first hold a public meeting, where a vote on the matter must be taken. Eleanor Hoggart, solicitor to the borough council said: "We have received a request for a poll and we would like the group to get in touch so we can discuss the referendum question and work with them to ensure the correct process is followed."

The bypass pressure groups have arranged a public meeting for Monday, January 29 at 7pm, at the Haven High Technology College on Marion Road, Boston. All are welcome. The referendum is expected to be held in February.

Jack Blanchard
Boston Standard
20 Dec 2006

Boston Standard - 24 Jan 2007

The Boston Bypass Pressure Groups are to hold a Public Meeting on Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7pm at the Haven High Technology College in Boston.

Know the facts about the Boston Transport Strategy.

What has actually happened over the last two years?

This is the chance to demonstrate to the decision makers the strength of feeling in Boston - voice your own opinions on this vital issue.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Boston Bypass Pressure Group (BBPG) and the
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)

Boston Standard - 24 Jan 2007
The Boston Standard - 24 Jan 2007.


Boston Standard - 24 Jan 2007
Boston Standard
24 January 2007

BBEG Leaflet
Remember the BBEG leaflet that was handed out at the public consultation? Had it not already been decided in October 2005 what would be happening?
Boston Transport Strategy
"We must keep our minds open to all solutions and timescales. There is no reason why the proposed SLR cannot sit alongside other distributor roads and other improvements to the highway network in Boston."
David Woods , Jacobs Babtie/Lincolnshire County Council, 24 October 2005.
Read the BBEG leaflet...