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2013 REVIEW: February - Post office, parking and benefits

Canines on Patrol police event at Witham Bank Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston.
Front - Leigh Hanson of Boston with his dog Snowy 12.
Back L-R Sarah Chambers - RSPCA, PC Adrian Smith, PCSO David McPherson, PCSO Stephanie Chambers, Deb Scotcher -RSPCA.

Canines on Patrol police event at Witham Bank Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston. Front - Leigh Hanson of Boston with his dog Snowy 12. Back L-R Sarah Chambers - RSPCA, PC Adrian Smith, PCSO David McPherson, PCSO Stephanie Chambers, Deb Scotcher -RSPCA.

The announcement that the post office on Wide Bargate could shut and see services move into a smaller shop hit the headlines this month.

At the time, the historic building was one of 70 crown offices facing closure and the Standard launched a petition to save it which gained more than 200 signatures.

Later in the year, it would be announced the service was looking to move into the much smaller WH Smith on Wide Bargate.

○ Dogs and their owners descended on Witham Way Country Park as part of an initiative called Canines on Patrol (Cops), pictured above.

The initiative was organised by the local neighbourhood policing panel and aimed to encourage dog walkers to report suspicious activity when out with their pets.

○ A stay at home dad, driven mad by two hour parking times outside his house, was trying to get people to support a residents parking permit scheme.

The man recorded a video of his ritual of regularly having to move his car.

The council looked into plans but later in the year decided to introduce reduced car parking season tickets for residents instead.

○ Boston’s Citizens Advice Bureau raised concerns over the ‘Fit to Work’ benefits system.

There were fears vulnerable people would be incorrectly reassessed under new procedures and miss out on the help that they needed.

 

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