‘Disgust’ as Guardian calls for defibrillator

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A HIGHLY critical article in a national newspaper describing Boston as having ‘hit the ropes’ and in need of a defibrillation has sparked ‘disgust’ in the town.

Boston Borough Council has moved to defend the town following a unflattering piece carried in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine on Saturday (and its website).

The weekly feature, entitled Let’s Move To..., gives readers a once over of potential homes from across the UK and occasionally abroad.

In the ‘what’s going for it?’ Boston is described as ‘in a spot renowned for the slow decline of its agricultural economy, the plumpest citizens in Europe and some argy-bargy against economic migrants a few years ago’.

It goes on to state that beneath the reputation the town is a ‘handsome, historic market town that’s hit the ropes’.

‘The place still has a pulse. Just. Nurse, the defibrillator’ is how the case for Boston concludes.

The case against refers to ‘serious’ social deprivation, a ‘sluggish’ economy, empty shops, ‘one of the highest risks of flooding in the country’ and even the small of brassicas.

Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire of Boston Borough Council said he was ‘disgusted’ by the article.

Fellow Conservative member Coun Mike Gilbert slammed the article as ‘ill-informed’ and intends to write to The Guardian on the subject. He defended the county’s economy as ‘robust’, as evidenced by its ability to support a large influx of migrant workers; pointed to the recent surge in sport uptake in Boston, among the biggest rises in the country; the relatively low - and falling - proportion of empty shops, as revealed in new figures; and such forthcoming spends as the Market Place refurbishment.

“It’s got a lot more than a pulse. It’s attracting a lot of interest and a lot of inward investment,” he said.

Head of planning and strategy at Boston Borough Council Steve Lumb said the risk of flooding was in fact ‘very low indeed’ and set to improve through the multi-million-pound Boston Barrier.

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