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Press Release - 17 October 2006

BBEG write to the Editor of the Boston Standard in reply to a previous letter from Cllr Tony Austin

Dear Julia

I write in response to Borough Cllr Tony Austin's letter entitled: "Highways chief samples our traffic", in last week's Boston Standard.

Having read some of Cllr Tony Austin's letters over the last few years, it is apparent that Cllr Tony Austin appears to have an honest, genuine interest in helping to find a solution to Boston's dire traffic congestion. He has even gone to the lengths of sharing his own personal difficulties in getting through the traffic - I personally have no doubt in his integrity and honesty.

I would therefore like to respond as follows:

1. He states he went to the top. He invited Cllr Webb to Boston to give him a tour. I would like to suggest that Cllr Webb is not the top dog - he is simply an Executive Member of Martin Hill's Executive Group. Our group have recently posted comments on a website forum in Martin Hill's own constituency asking for their feedback and it is apparently clear that if Martin Hill backs a particular cause, it seems to proceed with a more rapid progression, than otherwise. Also, at the Waddington Parish Council meeting, Martin Hill stated that the Government may never approve the funding for the Lincoln Southern bypass, but if they did, the route through Waddington would be the route "he" preferred. Say no more.

2. We have written to Cllr Webb twice now, following our conversation at the Boston Transport Study Public Consultation in July - and despite his statement that: "After today, I would be very foolish to return to LCC and do nothing for Boston. It is clear that Boston needs both a short term and long term solution", we have had no response from him at all.

3. Cllr Tony Austin comments his letter is 'a bland response perhaps' but 'at least I am trying'. I would like to say that the only reason his letter may appear bland, is because those Borough Councillors trying to do something about Boston's dire traffic situation are having to repeat again and again that something is wrong and must be sorted out. I would invite Cllr Tony Austin to contribute to the meeting we will hopefully have soon with the Local Government Ombudsman. Cllr Tony Austin was elected by the people of Boston in his constituency to represent them. Why is he not able to do so with regard to this particular issue?

Yours sincerely

Robert Fisher
Chair, Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
17 October 2006


The BBEG have met with Mark Simmonds MP.
BBEG meet 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 the town."
29 September 2006
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