Council presses for financial help

Boston Borough Council group leaders sign a letter to Mark Simmonds calling for financial help for pressures on resources. Back, Coun Richard Leggot (Independent spokesman), Peter Bedford (council leader), Paul Kenny (labour) and Helen Staples (Boston District Independents).
Boston Borough Council group leaders sign a letter to Mark Simmonds calling for financial help for pressures on resources. Back, Coun Richard Leggot (Independent spokesman), Peter Bedford (council leader), Paul Kenny (labour) and Helen Staples (Boston District Independents).

BOROUGH council group leaders joined together this week in a bid to call for action to help with Boston’s growing population.

Council leader Peter Bedford, Labour leader Coun Paul Kenny, Boston Bypass Independents leader Coun Helen Staples, and Coun Richard Leggott, spokesman for the Independent group, signed a letter to Boston MP Mark Simmonds, urging him to approach the government asking for financial recognition of the pressure services are under.

They have asked him to approach Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, to request financial support for resources, which have been stretched by the expanding population with the increase in number of migrant workers in the area.

The letter, which was signed at a full council meeting on Monday night, called for Mr Simmonds to raise issues of the ‘significant impacts and strains’ caused by the ‘rapid and significant’ population change in the area over the past seven years.

The letter follows a previous request to raise with Mr Pickles the issues faced in the area in continuing to provide services to a population which is greater than the official figures indicate.