Hotel plan put on ice as councillors plan visit to address concerns

A DECISION over whether to allow a hotel to be built on the outskirts of Wyberton has been deferred until councillors have had chance to visit the site.

Plans for a large hotel on the former Phoenix Poultry site, off Swineshead Road, went before Boston Borough Council’s planning board last Tuesday, but members decided they could not make a decision until they had seen the site.

A pre-meeting trip had not been organised.

At the committee meeting, councillors said they were concerned about the narrow shape of the site and issues involving traffic, though they supported the development in principle.

Coun Derek Richmond said: “There is a need for hotel facilities that side of town and we need more hotel facilities in Boston. If we are for more visitors we are going to need somewhere to put them.”

He added that he had concerns for the height of the building, because it is a very narrow site.

Coun Alison Austin said: “It’s a site which has been an eyesore for many years.

“It’s on a straight area of road where there is a speed limit, which we have to assume that traffic will adhere to.”

A site visit has now been arranged for August 21.

The news will be welcomed by members of Wyberton Parish Council.

They objected to the fact that there had not been an opportunity to visit the site, which many councillors thought was unsuitable for this type of development.

At the meeting on Tuesday parish council vice-chairman John Chester told the committee: “We think the site is extremely silly. It’s very narrow.

“We have no objections to a hotel as it helps with bringing more labour into the town, but in essence we object to this completely.”

Applications to build houses on the site made at the end of the 1980s were refused on traffic grounds.

Mr Chester said he thought these grounds still existed.