Lane to be gated off to stop its use as a toilet

Hatter Lane pictured during a clean-up operation last year.
Hatter Lane pictured during a clean-up operation last year.

Businesses are set to benefit after councillors agreed to restrict access to a lane which has been used for anti-social behaviour and as a toilet.

At a meeting of the full Boston Borough Council on Monday night, members voted unanimously to apply a public space protection order (PSPO) on Hatter Lane, in the town, to restrict access.

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Coun Stephen Woodliffe called the move a ‘last resort’.

He said: “I think this is very necessary, it’s an area of this town I wouldn’t want to walk down day or night. I have a feeling about it - it’s not good.

“It doesn’t provide a public service except to provide a toilet for those who require it.”

Many councillors praised the move and it was hoped the businesses who back onto the lane would benefit from the improvements.

It doesn’t provide a public service except to provide a toilet for those who require it

Coun Stephen Woodliffe

However, some councillors did raise concerns over whether the action would simply move the problem to other lanes and asked whether the council would be fair to any other requests for PSPOs.

Coun Woodliffe reiterated that this was a ‘last resort’ move and said other areas would be given the same treatment as Hatter Lane.

Under the order, businesses and residents of Hatter Lane will have to cover the costs of necessary maintenance and repair work required.

They will also have to pay a balance of £400 towards the initial costs of £1,400 – £1,000 having been contributed by Lincolnshire County 
councillor Sue Ransome.