Heated debate as Boston councillors decide on budget

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HEATED debate ran through last night’s meeting of the full Boston Borough Council, with a number of agenda items hotly contested.

The budget for the coming year was the main item to be considered at the meeting, and the proposals were passed, but not without opposition.

Plans to raise car parking fees and introduce charges for blue badge holders were described as ill-considered by members of the council’s Labour party, who called for the matter to be sent back for further debate. Coun Richard Austin also slated the increase in parking tariffs by ten pence, saying it gave the wrong idea to people visiting the town.

Budget proposals were passed by a majority of the council, and a freeze on council tax for the coming year was supported.

For more see next week’s Standard, out on Wednesday.