SENTINEL: Boston United ground plans, poppy rows, shoeboxes and more

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This week’s Sentinel column offers a view on the latest happenings in Boston...

*Well that’s one way to grab the news agenda by the scruff of the neck. Boston United’s plans for a new ground are certainly set to be a huge talking point. But don’t think this is just a football story. The plan on the table aims to attract a supermarket, businesses and an A16/A52 link road or – to you and me – the first bit of the much vaunted bypass. So plenty to deal with all in one go. It’s important for Boston that they get this one right...

*What new supermarket? Sentinel has long since heard that two chains are looking for premises in the town. One that’s already here and looking for something bigger and another that isn’t currently in the town. It was a little surprising when neither took the old Somerfield site...maybe they knew this was on the horizon?

*Fair play to Mark Simmonds. He wasn’t on the list of the 300-plus MPs who claimed their energy bills back on expenses. And fair play to the Sunday Mirror for highlighting this issue. Yes I’m sure it’s all within the rules etc etc but Nadhim Zahawi’s just under £6k claim for heating his constituency home deserved exposing. Their ‘night vision style’ camera illustrated it all rather neatly...all in this together Nadhim?

*Speaking of politics, it all got a little heated in Lincolnshire this week over poppy wreaths. One of the breakaway UKIP group in Spalding, Richard Fairman, laid a wreath that displayed a UKIP logo for Remembrance Sunday. He was widely rounded on by Tory and Independent councillors and the non-breakaway leader Colin Mair apologised. But, hang on, what about the others? Interestingly, Sentinel notes that wreaths laid in Boston for both Labour and Conservatives display party logos on them. The parties do seem keen to nobble the UKIP lot at the moment but maybe it’s time they all dropped the slightly crass logos and kept politics out of remembrance.

*Sentinel notes three more absconders from North Sea Camp appeared in last week’s Standard, Just what is going on there? We’re told that the Government is conducting an investigation there based on an alleged offence committed by someone who walked out. That’s to be welcomed but let’s hope they look wider than that case too. Are the prison bosses really choosing the right people for an open prison? Sentinel notes many of the people who abscond say they did so because they didn’t want to stay there any longer. That doesn’t sound good.

*Hats off this week to Mary Hewitt. Her efforts in filling an incredible 70 shoeboxes for the Rotary’s annual appeal deserve high praise indeed. She sits and knits hats and scarves and collects little bits and pieces for the boxes as well as toiletries which go into chinese takeaway boxes. But not only that, at a pound a box she’s also spent £70 on the charity on top of what she’s already spent getting the items together. Sentinel salutes you Mary.

*It’s interesting to note that the plans the Post Office put forward to their consultation meeting over the possible move into WH Smith didn’t show just how cramped the entrance way is. That’s one of the main fears people seem to have about the location and really needs to be addressed...

*So BID is dead but Christmas carries on. But is the BID story dead? Watch this space, Sentinel fears there may still be one more score to settle on that front...

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