Figures show foreign language speakers in Boston as spotlight falls on immigration in town

West Street in Boston
West Street in Boston

New figures prove a large percentage of people living in parts of Boston town centre do not speak English as their main language.

The latest data from the 2011 census reveals 43 per cent of residents in one part of Boston listed languages other than English as their native tongue.

The area runs from Irby Street in the north out to Redstone Road, following the line of the river down to Wyberton Low Road.

A total of 15.39 per cent in that area speak Polish - now the nation’s second language.

Other parts of Boston town centre vary from about a quarter to a third of the population who do not count English as their first language. This compares to a high of 10 per cent for Skegness, 18 per cent in Grantham, and 20 per cent for Lincoln - with a national average of 7.7 per cent.

The figures come ahead of yet more national press about the impact of immigration on Boston.

In a Daily Mail article headlined ‘The town that’s had enough’, Robert Hardman looks at how Boston is coping with the population growth.

With input from a variety of town representatives including the council, anti-immigration protest group, and the Latvian community, Hardman covers the recent BBC Question Time debate, the council’s report into the impact of immigration and fears for the the local economy when the EU opens its doors to Bulgaria and Romania.

Borough council leader Peter Bedford said: “I thought the article was fair and balanced.

“The issues raised reflect the matters of concern both to the residents of Boston and to the council and are issues which we are working hard on and have brought to the attention of Government.”

Coun Mike Gilbert added: “The issue of mass inward migration affects all of the local community and Mr Hardman’s contribution to the debate is very welcome.”