Press Release - 16 May
writes to the Editors of the local newspapers
It is with regret that our elected representatives
in Boston are not able to see the pressure businesses large
and small are being put through due to the lack of a decent
road infrastructure for the town.
I asked a question about this recently and the reply given to
me was that Boston is thriving. (Click
here to see the full list of questions asked at the Full Council
Meeting on 27 Feb 2006).
Regrettably this is not the case and I am at a loss to understand
how we are to get this across to Boston Borough Council. The
recent survey carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses
(FSB) confirmed my thoughts, and the result of 97% citing the
lack of a bypass as the major problem, is an issue which the
Council must take on board sooner rather than later.
The Dock Link Road Inspector also remarked on the "local
transport infrastructure being seen as a significant weakness
in the continued economic growth of the town".
I know the answer to this will be, "We are awaiting the
results of the Transport Study", but what if the answer
comes out that, "There is not enough through traffic to
warrant a bypass"?
This has been the excuse before, but if vehicles going from
Kirton to Pilgrim Hospital are not classed as through traffic,
then Boston Borough Council must contest the report. Boston
is unique in that there is only one suitable bridge for through
It is realised that cash problems dictate how much can be spent
on Lincolnshire's roads, but other means of funding should be
looked at, and once the aspiration of a bypass for Boston is
uppermost in the minds of our Councillors, both Borough and
County, then I am sure a way forward could be seen.
Let us not forget that the problem in Boston is both
congestion and pollution, both target priorities
of Westminster, and not economic development, although for the
local businesses it would be a tremendous relief. Nor would
it be a "strategic road to the seaside"!
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
16 May 2006
BBEG attend Highways PDG meeting
Michael Borrill and Robert Fisher attended the Highways
PDG Meeting at Lincolnshire County Council on 15 May
2006, who as members of the public, were not able to
comment or participate in the meeting themselves.
Cllr Richard Austin however asked questions, including,
"Is Lincolnshire represented on the Regional East