Yet another anomaly emerged this week when people expressed their astonishment that the town managed to find bunting to mark the passage of the Olympic torch, after failing dismally to do so for the Diamond Jubilee. We don’t know about the colours – but in her infamous quote, Councillor Yvonne Gunter said that she wanted to see
We tottered the few yards from No 1 Eye Street to watch the Olympic procession passing by, and to be honest, were frankly a bit disappointed as the sponsors’ vehicles trundled past. They – plus all the other hangers on – made the arrival of the torch something of an anticlimax. What struck us most was the unnecessary "security" - involving around ten police motorcyclists, four police cars and their occupants and who knows how many others on foot. It seemed to us to be massive overkill – and we could not help but notice that plenty of police officers of all stripes could be mustered for events that are overtime magnets– the Mayoral service at Boston Stump is another example - yet are never seen on the streets or around the place when you want them. And once again,Something which probably boosted the publicity allocated to the coast was East Lindsey’s coincidental SO Festival comprising 39 local sporting, heritage and cultural events to showcase the district and attract visitors. Whilst East Lindsey District Council was the primary funder, support was also forthcoming from Arts Council England, Centrica, Lincolnshire County Council, and
appears to have missed the boat in terms of coverage. The BBC’s Look North was very generous towards Boston Grimsby, Skegness, and , of course - whilst even lowly
Ingoldmells and Hogsthorpe got good airtime. Lincoln Grimsby
abseiled the torch down a tower, whilst
Skegness hosted a flypast by our local
bomber. Their imagination and ingenuity was reflected in the
coverage. Lancaster managed around three seconds, during which a woman did a handstand.
And even though the BBC national website hosted a link to that of Boston
Borough Council, details of the torch and its route were sadly absent. Boston
Much of this is down to good promotion, and - whilst the latest edition of Lincolnshire County Council’s
Yesterday, we mentioned the number of senior officers at Boston Borough Council who no longer work full-time for the authority. Shortly afterwards, we stumbled on this entry on the social networking page Linkedin …
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Could someone please explain …?A visitor to Wednesday night’s final meeting of Boston Borough Council’s immigration task and finish group tells us: “It went quite well, and the chairman made a point of understanding that due to the lateness in forwarding questions, that if we had any problems answering we could have time to send them in. The visiting professor (Gary Craig) made some very valid points, but alas, his visit was only a short one as he had to catch a train at 7.30 pm. It was by far the busiest meeting yet and even a few attendees were given a chance to have a say - so quite refreshing. Alas, it will be September before the findings of the meetings will be put together in a report we were told, So that time scale may not go down to well with those who may vote for the march to go forward at next week’s meeting.”
Another view of the professor’s offering to the meeting was less charitable. Independent Councillor Carol Taylor records in her blog "I was not impressed. Firstly he informed us that he could only stay an hour because he had a train to catch, which questions whether he really understood just how important this meeting was to us. Secondly, he didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already have some knowledge; he was, however, able to execute his delivery more eloquently. Thirdly, at times I felt he was patronising when he said ‘where would we get our take aways from’ if we got rid of non-English people? Pretty grim, I thought, coming from an eminent professor. He did tell us, though, that his book had come out one month ago …” And one other reader told us: "Professor Craig stated Boston has only 5,000 immigrants, including 15 Lithuanians. I would like to know where he got that figure from, as I believe the general consensus is that we have at least five times that amount. Is there any evidence or proof of numbers available?
Despite last week’s reminder that the moment is now long gone, Boston’s Business "Improvement" District persists in telling visitors to its website “we believe we have as good a chance as any in being successful” with its entry to win one of the initial Portas Pilot prizes of £100,000 for each of 12 towns wanting to improve themselves. The results were announced almost three week ago, and Boston's bid was a failure.We know that the BID is a snail-like organisation, but do wish – especially given its name – that it could be just a bit more businesslike. Two opportunities to brighten local businesses with floral hanging baskets – in time for the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic torch procession have now been missed. At this rate, when the flowers arrive, there will be no-one to see them because we’ll all will be on holiday.
Meanwhile, we read that the BID is having a second go at staging a £10,000 free music festival in
Given the importance of the post of a Lincolnshire Police Commissioner - for which elections are to be held in November - we feel that more information should be available by now. This week saw an announcement by Mervyn Barrett from Spalding – whoreceived an OBE in 1999 for services to the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders – that he intended to stand. Several names more local to
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We note a report in the local “newspapers” this week that a
Finally, whilst we have every sympathy with the victims of the flooding in other parts of the county which have caused such devastation in the past week or so, we also have to confess a sense of schadenfreude as – yet again – torrential rain and bad weather has left
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