COUNCIL LEADER: Roadworks, tidal barrier and Christmas festivities

Peter Bedford

Peter Bedford

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Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford pens his latest column for The Standard...

Roadworks which have caused frustrating traffic delays in Boston will soon be at an end. I lobbied Lincolnshire County Council’s highways executive member and agreement was obtained for work over the final two weeks of the project to be carried out overnight.

The work in John Adams Way to enhance pedestrian crossings, resurface the road and create a cycle path was due for completion on Sunday (October 26), weather permitting; which clears the way in plenty of time for Christmas in Boston.

Boston Borough Council will be doing its bit to support businesses in the run-up to Christmas by offering free parking in its town centre car parks.

Plans are now at an advanced stage for an event on Thursday, November 27, in the Market Place to launch the festive season in Boston, and the free parking will assist the success of this.

This year Boston Borough Council has taken the lead and a committee of councillors, plus representatives from businesses and the public, have been working hard since early summer to put things in place.

With the first anniversary of the flood coming around it is important that local businesses get as much support by way of your custom as possible. Many town centre businesses were affected by the flood last December and Christmas trade this year will be doubly important for them, so please consider doing your Christmas shopping locally first.

On Thursday, November 27, there will be an afternoon and evening of free fun and entertainment in the Market Place which will include a Christmas lights switch-on at 6.30pm. The Christmas tree near the Ingram Memorial will be the place to be at that time.

As we are approaching the time when flooding will again be called to mind I am pleased to see that real survey work has begun on the town’s £90 million barrier flood protection scheme. Drilling is now taking place at the construction site to gather information for the design of the barrier and associated flood walls.

Although we have known for some time now that the barrier will definitely be built, these works make it more real. The barrier will give real and improved flood protection for Boston as well as further regeneration opportunities and an improved waterways system.

Everything is on course to meet the earliest possible construction timetable. The flood defence scheme is currently expected to begin construction in 2017 and be completed by December 2019.