Businesses claim Wormgate is ‘neglected’ by the authorities

Business owners say Wormgate is in need of refurbishment and stricter control over the amount of vehicles using the road. GG
Business owners say Wormgate is in need of refurbishment and stricter control over the amount of vehicles using the road. GG

ROTTING building fronts, a sunken road, motorists breaking the law, puddles of water and dirty street lights – these are just some of the problems at Boston’s Wormgate, according to business owners.

While the majority have invested in their premises’ appearance, some feel they are struggling and feel the authorites have ‘abandoned’ the area.

“Wormgate is in desperate need of refurbishment,” said Marc Batchelor, owner of Misa gift and accessories shop. “Some businesses are really struggling. The amount of traffic using this access-only street is horrendous. Vehicles have damaged the cobblestone road and surface water is not draining away when it rains. When cars come past our shop fronts are splashed, which is causing woodwork to rot.

“I’ve now got to keep my door closed and in this economic climate you do what you can to attract customers, but it seems we are fighting a losing battle.”

He added: “I feel like we have been abandoned down here.”

Rachel Townshend, owner of Rachel’s Hair Design, said: “We have been neglected here – we are classed as town centre and have to pay the same rates, but don’t get the same treatment.”

Lincolnshire County Council told The Standard it will look into the road issues.

Boston BID manager Niall Armstrong said: “I have taken a survey of the area to see what needs doing and will look to work with the businesses to improve things. We have also discovered that the pedestrian area traffic sign is turned towards the wall, so we will be looking to get this fixed in the coming days.”

Mr Armstrong pointed out a ‘disgusting’ old wooden sign which lists the businesses in Wormgate is ‘so out-of-date’, that only a couple of the 20 listed are still in business there.

“This implies Wormgate is run down before you even get there,” he said, adding: “We will look at getting the sign replaced.”

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