Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford pens his new year message...
AT A time when the news seems full of doom and gloom I want to look forward with optimism to the challenges 2012 will undoubtedly bring.
Boston Borough Council is now leaner, fitter and better prepared to cope with significant cuts in the level of support we receive from Government.
The council delivered a balanced budget this year and maintained services without adding to the local misery of redundancies and unemployment.
Despite continuing to have to cope with some of the biggest proportionate cuts in funding of any local authority in the country we will present another balanced budget for 2012. We have no plans to increase council tax, subject to acceptance of the Government’s grant to keep council tax at 2010/11 levels, and will improve services.
We have continued to emphasise to the Government that Boston is a special case in terms of its rising population, and should have more support for the impact immigration has had on services.
There has been some success, with a Home Office team visiting Boston – one of only a handful of councils to be chosen – for an in-depth study into the impact on services of the arrival of migrant workers. We also wrote to our MP asking for his support for this.
There will be improvements to the council’s refuse fleet, the crematorium and car parks and ongoing improvements to the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex and Central Park.
2012 will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It will also mark the year that Boston’s centuries-old Market Place was refurbished and reopened.
The new-look Market Place will be put to best use in 2012 making Boston a better place to live, work, do business, shop and visit.
With best wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.