Get powers back to improve life in Boston

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News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

People in Boston are being asked what powers they would want to get from the Government to make life better for people in the borough.

The borough council can, with support from the people, use the Sustainable Communities Act to ask the Government for new powers to make Boston’s community enjoy a ‘better quality of life’ and boost the economy.

Ideas have to be something councils cannot do and require Government action.

Coun Mike Gilbert, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community development, explained: “We could, for instance, use this to deal with issues which residents complain about but where, currently, there are restrictions which hinder us – helping reduce the number of retailers who are able to sell alcohol, for instance.”

Under the act the Government would have a duty to try to reach agreement with the council – and could not just flatly say no.

Send suggestions to sus
tainablecommunitiesact@boston.gov.uk, call the Community Development Team on 01205 314340 or write to Community Development Team, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 8QR, marking you letter ‘Sustainable Communities Act’. You need to briefly explain your idea and how you think it will benefit the Boston community.