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Press Release - 18 Mar 2006

Dock Link Road Inquiry: Dock Link Road will go ahead
- Inspector describes the local transport structure as a "significant weakness"

The Dock Link Road Inquiry has found that the Dock Link Road Bridge Scheme 2004 is to go ahead, subject to two provisos - provision of sufficient new berths for fishing vessels, being available by the time construction of the new bridge is started, and confirmation that the Environment Agency has withdrawn its objection to the Harbour Revision Order.

The Inspector however commented about "significant weakness" in the continued economic growth of Boston, stating, "The local transport infrastructure is seen as a significant weakness in the continued economic growth of the town and is a major discouraging factor in the Borough's ability to attract inward investment."

BBEG member Michael Borrill asked Borough Council Leader Joyce Dobson the following question at the Full Council Meeting in February 2006, and her answer, it would appear, demonstrates a different opinion to that of the Inspector's:


Question to Cllr Joyce Dobson by Michael Borrill
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Boston is suffering economically through incorrect decisions being taken which will affect the area for some time. A booming tourist industry is there for the begging but the right conditions have to be in place.

The road infrastructure has to be rectified sooner rather than later or instead of industry relocating here, the reverse will happen. Boston Borough Council must put a more positive emphasis on roads, putting them to the forefront of development and showing a more resolute stance towards Lincolnshire County Council, who must be pressed at every opportunity.

What action is the Council taking?

Answer:
I thank Mr Borrill for notice of his question.
I am sure that Mr Borrill’s interest in this matter includes an awareness of the Borough’s Corporate Plan, the Boston Local Area Masterplan and the Local Strategic Partnership’s Community Strategy. These Plans, widely consulted upon and agreed by all partners, set out the focus and vision for future economic, community, physical and environmental development of the Borough. All local transport issues were listed as a key priority for the future in all of the above mentioned Plans.
These guides are already bearing fruit in encouraging obvious continued investment in local economic regeneration schemes in many different areas.
We have a new cinema in West Street and a new shopping area in Pescod Square bringing fresh, national shopping names to Boston. Then there has been investment by PC World and others in the West Street/Queen Street area. Further retail development approval has been sought for the old Asda site in the north-east of the town. The Dock was recently sold to an outside investor for continued usage as a trading route in and out of our town, demonstrating investors’ confidence in Boston.
Our recently developed Boardsides Enterprise Park continues to fill, alongside an obvious continued investment in the motor trade in Boston. These are hardly signs of stagnation.
Boston is also attracting many tourists with new developments such as The Haven Gallery. Indeed in 2004, when the Council published the Local Area Masterplan, the vision and strategy for the future economic development of the Borough was agreed. The vision was: ‘An accessible, vibrant and attractive historic borough with a unique tourism offer, a good range of employment opportunities and a high quality of life for residents’.
To return to the main subject of Mr Borrill’s question, all our Plans, along with acknowledgement of what has already been achieved locally, have been fed into Lincolnshire County Council’s Transport Study.
Such a submission is obviously the correct way to ensure that our current and perceived future road infrastructure needs to support the development activity projected within our plans are properly factored into such an exercise.

Councillors will, at the same time, collectively and singly continue to take every opportunity to remind LCC and the Regional Assembly of our infrastructure needs.
Joyce Dobson
Leader, Boston Borough Council
27 February 2006


Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
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18 March 2006

 

Observations of a Coach Driver
Ted Brooks states, "Lincolnshire is the worst county that I drive in and I have lived there all my life ... There is very little chance to overtake safely. Even some existing wider roads are being made single file by planting concrete kerbs and bollards in the middle of the road. Is that safer?"

"What Lincoln wants, Lincoln gets. What Boston needs, Lincoln forgets."
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