SENTINEL: World Cup, Quadrant, toilet alleys



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Sentinel casts his eye on events in and around Boston...

*Sentinel is not sure which is saddest. The fact that a town centre alleyway is regularly used as a toilet - or the reaction to the story. Sadly the comments confirm what many of us fear...that this is by no means a one-off. The park has suffered problems - as have other paths, bushes and alleys. Looking at the comments it’s clear that far too many of you have been forced to witness the after-effects - or worse the act itself.

*One comment that did raise a smile however...Endeavour Radio’s Dylan Taylor suggested that the solution to people who think it is ok to do their ‘business’ in an alley is to use a ‘taser’. Tongue in cheeky maybe, but Sentinel doesn’t reckon many people would make that mistake twice...

*Pity those outfits who had stocked up on flags and bunting galore for the World Cup. England’s hopes lasted barely a week of the tournament. Sentinel reckons if you have a desperate need for a car flag, mug, bathroom duck, wig or basically anything emblazoned with a St George’s Cross then it’s probably time to head straight to the bargain bins in shops now...

*Never fear though. Our World Cup interest in Boston is far from over. Chris Woods, who grew up in the area and went to school in Kirton, is still flying the flag for the borough as part of Jürgen Klinsmann’s USA coaching team. His next match will be against Belgium on Tuesday night, with the chance to set up a possible quarter final with the much-fancied Argentinians. Something to cheer perhaps? That or switch to the tennis...

*The longest day has only just come and gone yet the first mentions of the festive season are already upon us. This week’s Standard saw us cover the ‘launch’ of this year’s Blackfriars pantomime (insert ‘oh yes we did’ cliche here). Never fear though, there’s no reason to dig out the turkey and tinsel yet, they’re wanting to audition for youngsters to take part.

*Which side is the Standard on when it comes to the Quadrant? That question seems to have been asked a lot over the past week or so. The simple, and honest, answer is that the paper will not pick a side. When it comes to big planning applications - and there hasn’t been one this big for a fair old while - our job is to keep the coverage neutral, tell you all what is going on and let you all decide for yourselves. That’s not sitting on the fence, it’s just the right thing to do.

*Good luck to those organising the big meeting on the plans at Haven High on August 5. The rules are being drawn up to allow significantly more speakers than usual. With something so large at this there maybe ought to be energy drinks on tap to help us all through what could be a mammoth night. But rightly so. Sentinel hopes the meeting gets stuck into the meat of the application - the need for a home for the football club, the impact on traffic and parking, the possible invesment and jobs, the need for infrastructure to cater for the people living in 500 homes. It’s so vital to get this right for those, and many more reasons.

*Sentinel does note that the opponents of the plan sometimes point to the fact that there are 356 public parking spaces available for a 5,000-seater stadium. That may be true but that really is the norm for football grounds. Sentinel doesn’t suppose, for example, that there would be that many more spaces at the ground of Nottingham Forest, whose City Ground home holds about 28,000. People will park in streets nearby - and the previously announced measures on this will need to be properly thought out to reflect this - but they also get the bus and walk. A great many people, in Sentinel’s experience, walk from the city centre to Forest’s ground so what’s not to say people will walk from our town centre to the Quadrant? Sentinel checked and the Quadrant is 0.7 miles closer to our centre than the Nottingham example. In that case though there will need to be better pedestrian signposting and proper pavements so not to create a danger on the A16. Just one of many things that need to be considered. Walking should be encouraged though - the original ‘green’ transport that would create the minimum of fuss.

*Speaking of fuss, lets hope Sluice Bridge’s closure, due to start tomorrow, doesn’t create the hassle we all fear. Some people are certainly braced for long detours.