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Press Release - 26 September 2006

Robert Fisher writes to the Editor of the Boston Target

To the Editor of the Boston Target

Dear Sir

I write in response to the letter to the Editor in the Boston Target on 20 September 2006 from Cllr Andrew Bakewell, Cabinet member for the town centre.

It is precisely for this reason – an attitude of we’re doing everything right, here are the figures to prove it – that has landed Boston in the situation it finds itself in, year upon year.

Whilst I realise that Councillors have to follow the advice of Officers and the Council’s legal department, unless Councillor Bakewell takes his head out of the sand, we’re going nowhere.

Why is Richard Austin’s Boston Bypass Independent Party putting up such a bold challenge – probably the boldest challenge that Boston Borough Council has faced in a long time?

Why are the businesses in Boston, some major businesses established for many years, reporting serious falls in turnover?

Why has the Leader of Boston Borough Council done nothing to proactively push for a Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) for Boston with Lincolnshire County Council to push forward the aims of our town?

Don’t take my word for it – hear what our MP Mark Simmonds had to say about the parking charges on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 10 March 2006 below - specifically that: “It’s not just about the road infrastructure, it’s about other issues as well, for example, charging people to park in this wonderful market place, particularly on a Sunday, which stops people coming in, therefore stops the retailers taking money on a Sunday. Why shouldn’t people, who want to come for a walk round St. Botolph’s Church, or come for a stroll after their Sunday lunch in the centre of Boston, why shouldn’t they be allowed to do so? In my view, the parking charges that are put on the people of Boston should be cancelled.”

Listen to Mark Simmonds MP
Listen to Brian Rush and Mark Simmonds MP
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This is just one of the issues that the BBEG will be taking up with our MP when we meet him at the end of this month.

I have also noted that my comments made regarding the traffic congestion, the fact that bus companies would lay on more buses if buses could actually move around and my question asking what is Boston Borough Council doing to protect the businesses in the town, were all ignored in Cllr Bakewell’s letter.

It’s obviously easier for him to blame the press for reporting the facts.

Robert Fisher
Chair, Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
26 September 2006


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