Councillors happy to join modern Hanseatic League


Council leaders have expressed support for joining the modern version of an historic league that Boston was part of in the 13th century.

At a meeting of Boston Borough Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, members were told about the Die Hanse, the modern day Hanseatic League which has run since the 1980s.

They were updated on what fellow councillors had discovered about the scheme.

It is hoped by members of the town’s Hanse Group that the town could benefit economically and culturally from being a member.

Coun Mike Gilbert said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the town and community to promote itself to the European community.”

Portfolio holder for finance Coun Aaron Spencer raised concerns over eventual costs to the council.

He said: “It might be good to know what we want to do and where we want to go on this.

Councillors were told there was no obligation on them to put money into the league.

It is hoped several external groups will help out.

Groups which have already volunteered their services include: The History of Boston Project, Boston Preservation Trust, Boston Area Partnership, Boston Big Local, Boston Visitor Economy Partnership and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

Coun Derek Richmond agreed with Coun Gilbert saying he felt getting businesses involved could mean it won’t have a cost and felt it would be ‘nothing but good’ for Boston.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe agreed and said he thought it was a great opportunity for the borough.

Boston was a big part of the 13th century Hanseatic League when, although not a direct member, it was known as a Minor Hanse kontore - a warehouse facility.

The port thrived and it had trading partners across the North Sea. It was home to a Stylyard facility.

The league was revived in 1980 and current members in the UK include King’s Lynn, Kingston Upon Hull and Aberdeen, connected through the Hanse with 183 towns and cities across 16 countries.