Boston Borough Council has scooped the top national award for its report on the impact of large scale immigration on Boston’s community.
As one of the scrutiny team that prepared this document I am of course delighted. But we must keep up the pressure for change.
We are already seeing that this local effort and the 28 recommendations in the report are having an effect on national policy, on county council policy as well as local borough decisions. It is also influencing police and health authorities. I am pleased that our scrutiny committee will continue to monitor the degree to which these large number of recommendations are adopted by all concerned.
We have to accept that we cannot put the clock back; large numbers of immigrants will remain living in Boston as there is work for most of them.
The influx of migrants has changed Boston in a big way in a very short space of time. It is therefore vital that we address the tensions and problems in a positive way.
The recommendations in this report are aimed at making the changes as harmonious as possible. They also aim to ensure that the negative side of these big changes are minimised.
Above all the report sends a strong message to our national government that in future immigration has to be more carefully controlled than in it has been in the last decade.
Most of the actions required in this now prestigious report are continuous and long term. Hence there is a need for this scrutiny work to be ongoing.
Coun Richard Austin