Misconduct accusation over Boston music event

BOSTON Borough Council has been accused of misconduct its handling of a music event that will be staged in the town.

Boston BID, which has organised Boston Beat on July 21, did not provide notice to all relavant departments within the required time but, despite that, an internal email seen by The Standard shows that officers were willing to overlook that fact and allow the event to take place.

It comes just months after the council refused a licence for a concert with X Factor finalist Matt Cardle.

This event was due to take part at Boston Town’s Tattershall Road ground but an application was refused.

The event was then cancelled.

In the council email it states that Boston Beat was taking place in Central Park under the site’s premises licence.

However, it added: “Within this license it requires that the council’s EH (environmental health) team be given 28 days notice of any event in order for them to provide advice on noise levels etc.

“Although the contractor has not specifically contacted the council to give this 28 days notice we are aware of and do support the event.”

Members of event organisers Boston BID have said they were not aware of the event until quite recently.

Committee member Darron Abbott has since resigned from the board and made a complaint of misconduct aginst the council for allowing the event, especially because of the issue with the Matt Cardle concert, which led to Boston Town chairman Mick Vines losing thousands of pounds.

Mr Vines accused the council of favouritism and has now threatened to sue the authority.

He said: “They didn’t want it to go ahead. They didn’t help us and they didn’t try to help us.

“We had people coming from Ireland, Wales and Newcastle.”

A council spokesman confirmed that a complaint of misconduct has been made and it is curently under investigation.

The council did not wish to comment further.

Nine performers have been invited to take part in the day-long Boston Beat event, which will also see a food marquee and a beer tent set up in Central Park next Saturday.

Trade stalls may also be set up.

Boston BID has organised the event as a way to bring more people into the town, in the hope they might head to some of the shops in the centre and use local businesses.

BID manager Niall Armstrong said: “We’re hoping it will bring a lot of people in.”