A co-author of the new Crap Towns Returns book featuring Boston has described the town as ‘depressed and neglected’.
Sam Jordison visited Boston around Easter time after a number of nominations came in for it to be included in the book where it is listed 44th out of 100 UK towns.
Speaking to The Standard, Mr Jordison said: “I visited Boston when it was greatly apparent it was going to be featured in the book.
“My first impressions as I entered Boston was that it was quite a pleasant looking town – but my second impression wasn’t so good. As I got further in I realised it’s seen better days and has been quite neglected.
“There were boarded up nightclubs and lots of people just hanging around looking pretty aimless. It feels like quite a depressed town but it clearly has potential to be a really good place to live.”
The book gives a tongue-in-cheek look at the history of the town and highlights local issues such as obesity and immigration.
Mr Jordison called some of the self-deprecating nomination pieces written by locals ‘highly creative’, adding: “It shows there is life in the town and the locals have a great sense of humour.”
The town’s inclusion in the book has sparked debate online.
Facebook user Jacko Smythe said: “Hope is missing – hope for a decent job, housing, services etc. In its place has come despair.” While Goey Edwards simply wrote: “Only 44th?”.
However, others came to the town’s defence. Chris Spence commented: “I love Boston myself, never felt any hostility or unfriendliness and wish some people could give it a little more credit. I’ve been back a year or so and the worst experience I’ve had so far was a seagull pooing on my shoulder.”
Boston Borough Council also thinks its unfair the town has been included. Coun Mike Gilbert said: “I have not read the book and have no intention of doing so. It contains towns like Boston such as Louth and Stratford upon Avon, which have a fine heritage and to characterise us as a crap town is an insult to the many people who live and work and visit here and who have contributed to Boston’s historical past.
“Boston faces many challenges but it is a great town with an exciting future.”