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2013 REVIEW: June - HMOs, smoking, royal honour, marathon

Start of the Seabank Marathon.
Amy Pesterfield , Alice Ireland and Alex Fletcher of Boston.

Start of the Seabank Marathon. Amy Pesterfield , Alice Ireland and Alex Fletcher of Boston.

Boston Borough Council’s figures revealed that there were only three registered houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) in the town.

A borough council spokesman said the problem was that the definition of HMOs at the time was too narrow, and councillors were looking to change it.

Coun Paul Gleeson said he thought there might be up to 600 HMOs in the town if the definition was changed.

○ Smoking was costing the borough more than £17.4 million through strains on the NHS, lost hours in fag breaks and cleaning up litter.

Statistics released by the National Institute of Healthcare Excellence suggested the cost of clearing up cigarette ends in Boston was £300,000 and £3.7 million was lost in productivity.

○ Margaret Kenworthy had a special 66th birthday when she found out she had received the Queen’s Birthday Honour.

She had been nominated for a British Empire Medal for her services to the community of the village as manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre which she had been involved in since 1982.

○ More than 200 runners took part in the annual Seabank Marathon between the town and Skegness - setting off from outside the town’s Assembly Rooms on the Market Place.

Among the competitors for the race, which raises cash for Macmillan Cancer Support, were Boston trio Amy Pesterfield, Alice Ireland and Alex Fletcher (pictured).

 

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