Review of the Year: Panic at the pumps as petrol stations run dry in April

Flooded road at Fishtoft.
Flooded road at Fishtoft.

Petrol stations across the borough ran dry when motorists rushed to fill up their tanks for fear of a planned fuel tanker strike.

The busy Asda filling station in Lister Way and the Esso in John Adams Way were among those cleared out of fuel during a three -day rush at the pumps.

Some drivers waited as long as 40 minutes to fill up.

The Government came under fire after cabinet minister Francis Maude had suggested drivers could fill up a jerry can in case of a strike.

•The Standard reported on the lack of progress for a bypass for Boston, with Lincoln, Grantham and Spalding all due for road schemes.

The former pressure group called for fresh blood to come forward to take the fight forward while the borough council leader urged for people to be patient.

The county council said traffic flow had been improved by other measures.

•Flash floods hit Boston on the day that a hosepipe ban came into force.

Anglian Water had announced the ban in a bid to combat drought conditions.

• It was announced that Jason Lee was to take full charge of Boston United for the 2012/13 season.

The former Nottingham Forest striker had been joint boss at York Street with Lee Canoville.

Chairman David Newton said the move was due to ‘budget constraints’.

Canoville, who had two playing stints with the Pilgrims, left the club to join Spalding United.