It’s been a busy time for
Not that Mr H is getting off the hook so easily. He has now received e-mails questioning “omissions” in the newly published register of councillors’ interests. In particular, they relate to the non-listing of Councillor Richmond’s directorship of Boston BID, and Councillor Yvonne Gunter’s role as a wedding planner for a business run by joint deputy leader Councillor Raymond Singleton-Mcguire – which again is not listed as an interest. But on present performance, we don't think that the author should hold his breath for a reply.
Meanwhile, the search for memorial plaques bearing names of other portfolio holders is proving difficult – despite Councillor Gunter’s insistence that “there are numerous plaques in the borough on council premises and at other sites where people representing projects are included.” It was her inclusion on the Jubilee fountain memorial plaque and the response that it was "protocol" for the names of “dignitaries” to appear on such things that started a tide of indignation - which shows no sign of abating. An insider tells us: “Even now all could be retrieved with an admission of an error in judgement or fact. The refusal to discuss things further is probably the more damaging to her reputation than other aspects of the affair, as it openly demonstrates to thinking people that Councillor Gunter is unable to substantiate her argument, and is taking her ball home. If that’s the way Councillor Gunter wishes to play it, then she will have to live with the resultant lack of credibility and respect in council circles in the future. I'm very surprised that advice from more experienced councillors to that effect has not been forthcoming; or if it has been tendered, not listened to.”
Undeterred by all this, Councillor Gunter is planning something new to entertain us. The borough’s website reports: “Councillor Gunter said the search for the Olympians and Paralympians of the future starts in
Meanwhile, the news that athletes from the Egyptian Paralympic squad are to train at
We found it an interesting coincidence that on the very day we commented on the long overdue publication of Boston Borough Council’s members’ interests that all 32 councillors were e-mailed the guidance sheets on “Openness and transparency on personal interests” published by the Department for Communities and Local Government – “for information.” Given that a number of questions have been raised regarding whether the declaration list is as open and transparent as it should be, we can’t help but feel that some councillors were being given a gentle nudge in the direction of submitting a revised version of their interests.
A new and highly personal approach to involve the punters in politics appears to have been adopted by
Could Health and Safety rules mean that public toilets will have to be maintained in the Market Place when the Assembly Rooms are sold? The question is raised by Boston Eye reader Michael Borrill, who says: “The sale of the Assembly Rooms is fast becoming another PRSA, BID, fountain and plaque, issue which is contaminating the council and putting democracy to one side in the town. Who advised the Mayor, if he did seek advice, not to allow a ‘call in’ and on what grounds? Property sales can be a difficult issue when transactions have to be secret until contracts have been exchanged, but this property ‘belongs’ to the people of Boston, and the elected members should have a say in the matter on behalf of the constituents - otherwise why have a council? I was under the impression that to allow food retailers to trade on the Wednesday and Saturday markets, there had to be adequate toilet facilities under Health and Safety regulations. If the toilets are to be sold and closed, surely there will then be a responsibility on the council to provide replacement facilities. Perhaps they have thought about this and have already made provision to make a plaque!”
We were interested to see that our Lincolnshire County Conservative Councillor for Boston South, Paul Skinner, is standing as a candidate for Wyberton Parish Council next Thursday.
We also noted that Councillor Skinner – who stood unsuccessfully for the borough council in the same ward last year as a Tory candidate - is not affiliating himself with any political party this time around. In a slightly mischievous way, we e-mailed him to ask whether this might be because a declaration as a Conservative could be deemed counterproductive to the chance of success! We think we may have struck a nerve – as we have received no reply!
Just when we thought that
After our remark last week that we found it difficult to reconcile the word worshipful - "feeling or showing reverence and adoration, entitled to honour or respect" - with some of our mayoral office holders, we received an e-mail from Independent Councillor Richard Leggott telling us that “the French translation of our 'The Worshipful' is ‘L’adorable.’ I found this out in
Finally, after recent headlines about ongoing problems at
If these cards are needed in the orthopaedic department – be afraid, be very afraid!
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