Complaint over council’s daily email bulletin

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

An official complaint has been made to Boston Borough Council over its daily email bulletin.

Labour councillor Paul Gleeson made the complaint following an article regarding the Princess Royal Sports Arena, entitled ‘White Elephant? Thousands Beg To Differ’.

The article featured responses from users of the facility after it was labelled a white elephant by former councillor Anne Dorrian in a story which featured the January 21 edition of The Standard.

The council is currently considering whether to spend £1.4 million on its leisure services – which include the Boardsides facility.

Coun Gleeson told The Standard he believes the council’s article, and the publication overall, breaks some sections of the Government’s code of conduct for such publications.

He feels that, in this case, the article broke the rules by not allowing an opposing point of view and reporting only positive comments.

He also believes the Bulletin itself breaks the rules on the frequency of publication and questioned whether it is attempting to emulate commercial newspapers in style and content.

He said: ”I have not yet been given a straight answer on what the Bulletin is or does.

“If it’s a newspaper-style product, they shouldn’t be doing it and if it’s not, they should not be doing it as frequently as they do.”

A council spokesman confirmed the authority’s monitoring officer has received the complaint and will investigate.