OBSERVER: Here we go again with the PRSA saga

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Well, didn’t you just know that IT would be back sooner or later? IT is, of course, the PRSA and the news last week that the council could spend yet more of council tax payers’ money on it along with the common promise that this will sort it out out ‘once and for all.’

Well, didn’t you just know that IT would be back sooner or later? IT is, of course, the PRSA and the news last week that the council could spend yet more of council tax payers’ money on it along with the common promise that this will sort it out out ‘once and for all.’
And was it not ironic that I asked last week that the council dip into its ‘reserves’ to tidy up the town? I didn’t mean it to spend yet more money on this glorious ‘white elephant’ which has become a joke in the area. I have to say when it was first planned several years ago I had no real problems with it. We were promised a venue which would be holding regular international athletics events for the disabled and able-bodied, built at little or no cost to the borough as there would be ‘numerous’ grants available. We’re still waiting.
Within a year or two of building having commenced we got the news that the council were ‘lending’ – ie giving – money to make sure the whole building was built in one go instead of in parts. And I believe there must have been over £7 million gone into that structure since. Just think what could have been done if it had been spent on the town.
The much heralded involvement in the Paralympics brought one country to the town: Egypt. And no disrespect to their athletes but just what did Boston get out of it? Certainly not a lot of income as they stayed in the Grimsby area and travelled down for training sessions.
Also in the news was Coun Gunter, defending the £18,000-odd required to support the Boston in Bloom: or should that be Bits of Boston in Bloom? 
In the past it seems the judges inspect the same places every year, not the whole of the town. And there’s always some nice ‘photo opportunities.’
She pointed out that if Boston didn’t have it ‘the town would look like any other town – very, very boring with lots of litter’. Perhaps she should leave her West Street office now and again: many people believe that has already happened!