Council figures show Boston’s footfall is on the rise


Footfall in Boston town centre is at a four-year high, according to new figures.

In a bid to monitor the popularity of the town, Boston Borough Council counts everyone who appears to be over the age of 16 as they pass a fixed point for the same half hour, morning and afternoon, every third Wednesday of the month.

Latest figures show a four-year high, with an average daily footfall from April to September of 2,572 over the count period. This compares with 2,431 for the same period last year, 2,489 in 2012 and 2,528 in 2011. This year’s figures are the third highest in the past nine years.

Coun Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for the town centre, said: “The figures are an average, so they take account of good and bad weather and any special events which might attract extra numbers.

“This makes for very good reading – it shows the town centre remains an attractive proposition for shoppers and visitors and is actually showing improvements year on year despite the difficult financial times we have all experienced.”

Other figures for the second quarter (July, August, September) show that unemployment in Boston fell from 2.5 per cent for the same period last year to two per cent this year.

The council also says its CCTV has been a success, assisting in 234 arrests in the first six months of 2014. There had also been 19 cases of restorative justice being applied to offenders using CCTV evidence.

In total the council’s CCTV system had been involved in recording 1,103 incidents – a 92 per cent increase on the same period last year.