Press Release - 18 Mar
Dock Link Road Inquiry:
Dock Link Road will go ahead
- Inspector describes the local transport structure as a "significant
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has withdrawn its objection to the Harbour Revision Order.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:
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?
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.
Leader, Boston Borough Council
27 February 2006
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
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."