Silent protest planned at parking meeting

A SILENT protest has been planned to coincide with the borough council’s special meeting to discuss objections to plans to charge disabled people to park.

Boston Disability Forum, which opposes the plans and is arguing that there was a lack of consultation, has said it will hold the protest next Thursday to highlight the fact members of the public will be unable to speak at the meeting.

They have also collected a petition of more than 300 signatures.

Secretary Becky Wood said: “The fact is they should have consulted with the disabled community and found out what kind of impact it would have.

“The fact that there’s a meeting we cannot event speak at...well then democracy is dead.”

The forum, which is backed by several organisations including South Lincolnshire CVS, Age Concern and Total Voice, is also opposing the planned 30 minutes extra parking proposed for disabled motorists and said that some of the payment schemes being planned were not suitable.

The special full-meeting of the council was called following objections to the planned charges, however, because of the nature of the meeting, questions from members of the public and councillors may be restricted.

Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford told The Standard: “As members of the public they have the right (to protest), but they can come into the council meeting and hear what is said, although they are not allowed to speak and questions from members of the public are not allowed. It is a special council meeting and our constitution lays down very clearly what the council can do and what it can’t.”