We have been studying the map that has been produced as the catchment area for the Big Local in Boston and it has raised a lot of questions.
Why was this catchment area chosen to only cover Staniland South, Central and Pilgrim, as we understand the money has been given to Central Boston which includes a large number of other wards – Fenside, Witham, Skirbeck, Staniland North, West, South, North?
So we believe that the following actions need to be adopted: We wish to see a list of how much lottery money has been given to and spent within each ward over the last 18 years 1995-2013.
This will show a proper proportion of lottery money and also dispel any myths about how much some areas have or have not received from lottery funding.
The wards that we should include within this information are – Staniland South, Central, Pilgrim, Fenside, Witham, Skirbeck, Staniland North, West, South, North.
We still don’t believe that we should go any further forward on allocating the Big Local boundaries and the wards which will benefit, until we have had a proper discussion about this information.
Based on this discussion we would hope to see a local decision about what the catchment area of the Big Local will be, which might include some or all of the listed wards above.
We know that the people of Boston will wish to see fairness and transparency with proper explanations of how the catchment area of the Big Local has been decided and this will also help to give the Big Local the credibility it needs.
We are fully committed to supporting it but we believe we must do this first.
We also believe that it should only be residents of the wards involved and not any elected members who decide how the money should be spent, but we recognise the need for support from all of the key bodies from local government, health, police, housing, the voluntary sector and any other bodies that operate within these wards.
If these actions don’t get implemented we will only get resentment from the wards which have been left out, which we feel is already starting to happen as we have already spoken to people who are questioning why their wards are not included in Big Local.
Let’s have a project that benefits all of Boston.
Boston Labour councillors