OBSERVER: Why go ahead in times of austerity?


Boston councillors made a very important decision a couple of weeks ago in our name: they agreed to become part of the proposed Greater Lincolnshire, joining nine other councils and the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership to become one entity.

This new council will receive £15million a year over the next 30 years (along with a directly elected mayor), which sounds quite interesting if all participants were to get an equal share of this money.

Needless to say, Boston will be the smallest in this new grouping, so our ‘equal share’ will probably not be the same as the others.

Add to the cost of a referendum to the expense in yet another vote for the new mayor – with quite a large salary plus, no doubt, yet more staff – and you have to wonder why this has been accepted in these times of austerity when we don’t seem to have any money for many of our services to continue.

Oh, I forgot to tell you, this ‘extraordinary’ meeting of the borough council was attended by only 18 of our 30 councillors.

It just shows how much interest many of our representatives have in the town.

I have often been fairly critical of many things locally in this column. A former colleague suggested I was a little OTT sometimes, but it is only because I hate what the town has become.

Boston has a lot going for it if only we could get some action somewhere, and is still a fairly interesting place to come to, but empty shops in prime positions don’t do a lot to attract investors.

I have lived in the town all my life, and still love it. That is why I am critical – I care despite what you may think.