It seems that our local members of the great and the good have become so used to Boston taking last place that they don’t even notice when they’re being patronised by the greater and the gooder. A junior transport minister has declared that the town’s planned distributor road will “make a magnificent difference”.
The ever faithful Boston borough Beano quoted leader ‘Nipper’ Bedford saying: “It is always an encouraging sign when a Government minister deems a project worthy enough to come and take a look for himself.
“We discussed the distributor road project in some detail as the most viable solution to traffic congestion and the bigger picture of the ways in which it will bring other economic benefits.”
It may well be that we are getting a little jaundiced in our views, but this much vaunted “opportunity” to link the A16 to London Road, which the developer says represents the first part of a “distributor” road network around “this part of the town” appears to be nothing more than a purpose-built rat run through a housing estate to link two roads.
Not only that, but it is duplicated no more than a few hundred yards north by Tytton Lane East – which will always be the less busy of the roads because of the lower housing density.
Give the complexities of ever trying to create a faux-bypass for the town in piecemeal fashion, we somehow doubt that Boston will ever obtain something that can remotely be called a “distributor” road of any kind.
It really does show how more and more people are willing to accept less and less.
Leader ‘Nipper’ has always been an exemplar of this – and his most recent contribution is in a letter in this week’s Boston off-Target. Hooting with glee at the “great news” that Benson’s for Beds is replacing the former Carpet Right store on Queen Street he says “any new business coming to town – and a national retailer at that – is certainly good news in my book.” Doubtless he will also salute the news that Poundworld is taking on the former Brantano shoe store on the so-called Boston Shopping Park.
Lost from among the pages of the leader’s book is the announcement that Morrisons supermarket is to close on 3rd April leaving shoppers in the north of the town without a decent-sized similar store.
But never mind. Whereas Marie Antoinette famously said “let them eat cake” we are sure that ‘Nipper’ is quite content with the aphorism “let them buy beds” as far as the people of Boston are concerned.
It is strange how any shop described as “national” seems to turn the knees of normally rational people to jelly.
MP Matt Warman was another to roll over – this time at the news that bookmaker William Hill wants to open up in the former Serenity Hair Designs unit … next door to a Coral bookmakers.
“Any new shop opening in Boston is to be welcomed and the fact that a major brand such as William Hill is keen to expand in this area demonstrates yet more evidence of how the effects of Britain’s growing economy are being felt in Lincolnshire.” What tosh. We can’t think why Mr Hill wants yet another shop just across the road from one he already has in the Market Place. If approved – and it surely will be – the new shop will bring the total number of bookies in a very small area of the town to seven. As is this wasn’t sufficient indictment of Boston’s dismal shopping offer, the betting shops will join five e-cigarette shops, nine charity shops, and heaven known how many mobile phone sale and repair shops around the place.
And don’t forget the cheapo “pound” type shops – we can’t get enough of these, as the latest news proves, it seems. By our rough count, there will soon be around ten.
Talking of dismal shopping offers … When Pescod Square opened, it offered many opportunities, few of which have been fulfilled. One was the chance to stage small events or exhibitions in the open area outside Pescod Hall. Nothing much has even been made of this, but still less was achieved this week on market day, when the space displayed two used cars for sale – although they did have a few balloons attached.
As we all know, Worst Street endlessly bleats on about flooding in Boston – almost as though we need it on a regular basis to prodice a topic of conversation. One way that the risk could be minimised and road safety enhanced would be if councillors rattled the cages of Clownty Hall over keeping roadside drains free-flowing. Last week’s downpours brought scenes like the one here to many areas of the town
The sender of these photos counted four consecutive examples along the roadside – whilst we noticed several more as we wandered the town.
It’s a simple phone call to the appropriate department in Lincoln to get the problems dealt with, and prevent them from getting bigger.
But many of our councils appear to be too important – they’re surely not too busy.
It seems it’s not enough that Worst Street’s off-the-leash Boston Town Area Committee – BTAC-ky – is planning to build a kitty of hundreds of thousands to fund projects for which it is not authorised … the raid on its funds from other areas continues. A letter to next week’s meeting from the silver tongued Councillor Claire Rylott, the portfolio holder for parks and cemeteries, “invites” BTAC to fund the purchase and installation costs for a CCTV camera in the park. As any fule kno CCTV provision is a central council responsibility and not a “parish” responsibility. But given its malleability in the past, there is no doubt that BTAC-ky will fork over the cash Buying £9,000 worth of cameras for Burgess Pit and Emery Lane will be cited as precedence if needed – which it won’t be.
This week Boston Borough Beano scores a lowly 1.35 out of five for relevance to Worst Street. A mere name check doesn’t count as “packed” with council news.
Our thanks go to Police and Crime Commissioner wannabee Marc Jones for his “fact of the day” – the news that there will be 595 polling stations available across Lincolnshire for PCC elections on 5th May. Aside from the ridiculous costs involved, it’s comforting to know that there will be such a lot of places to sit in the warm and read a book in peace now that so many of our libraries have closed.
Finally, here’s proof that those libraries are really needed. It comes in this comic website clipping from the Boston sub-Standard.
“A” English for work course is just wot we knead, aren’t it?!
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