The people and businesses of Boston would greatly benefit from a scheme that allowed free car parking in the centre of Boston.
There needs to be a debate whether this should be half-an-hour, one hour or two hours. At present, the borough relies heavily on this car parking income as a core part of its income. However Asda and Tesco could fund such a scheme.
This proposal is now a possibility because at the last meeting of the borough council it was resolved to engage with the Sustainable Communities Act. This allows a council to adjust regulations, like this, to suit local circumstances and requirements.
Following the lead of both the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Parliament it appears that a 8.5 per cent levy on the business rates of large retail outlets is quite possible to benefit a locality. I will be urging the borough administration to pursue this possibility with urgency.
Coun Richard Austin