COUNCIL INQUIRY: Councillors say issues are not unique to Boston migrants

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ISSUES with Boston’s migrant population are not unique, according to representatives of other councils in the area.

Councillors from other parts of Lincolnshire said the issues seen in Boston are similar to those experienced with different communities elsewhere when they appeared at a meeting of a Task and Finish Group looking into immigration in Boston on Wednesday.

Coun Brent Charlesworth, of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Immigration has brought us blessings as well as disadvantages. We are doing things in Lincoln for the benefit of the whole community and trying to improve matters for the whole community.”

South Holland District Council deputy leader Coun Nick Worth said the area would struggle without migrant workers on the farms.

He said the sector in which he saw most strain was on services, particularly those offered by the Citizens Advice Bureau.

However, the councillors said similar problems associated with migrant communities in Boston often came from different groups elsewhere such as students in Lincoln, seasonal workers and holidaymakers in East Lindsey and people commuting to London but living in North Kesteven.

Coun Charlseworth said one issue was ‘young guys’ drinking which he said was something from any culture not exclusively migrants.

Deviations from submitted questions by campaigners Dean Everitt and Mark Rawlings were stopped short by chairman Coun Paul Kenny, who said a final report of all meetings would be compiled once they are completed. This, he said, could be used in future debates.

Mr Everitt has said he will see how the meeting with MP Mark Simmonds, today at 3.30pm, goes before deciding whether to commence with a previously planned protest march.