Town council is proposed

MEMBERS of Boston Borough Council have called for a new level of democracy to be established in the town, in a bid to have a truly independent grassroots authority.

Councillors who serve on Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) – Boston’s town council - said they wanted to see a separate group set up, as they believe the committee is too closely linked to the borough council.

Coun Paul Goodale and his Labour colleagues called for BTAC’s funding to be suspended and arrangements made for a new authority.

The councillor, who represents Staniland North ward, told the meeting: “Over the last year I have found portfolio holders are using the BTAC budget as an extension of the borough council’s budget, for what are, effectively, borough council responsibilities.”

He said he thought a number of committee matters had already been decided prior to the meeting.

Chairman of the committee, Coun Mike Gilbert, denied the accusation, adding: “I apologise that the view that is taken by the Labour group that BTAC is gerrymandering Conservative policies. It’s insulting to suggest we make deals behind closed doors.”

The budget for the special expenses area was passed along with the rest of the budget, meaning that BTAC will remain in place.