Members clash over ward map

THE FIGHT to save threatened borough council wards from the axe of the Local Government Boundary Commission came to a head last week as members clashed over the future of their their wards.

A consultation on changes to the ward boundaries in Boston ended on Monday, and members of the authority were keen to get the best deal for communities they wanted to be kept together.

One of the main bones of contention which arose from the carving up exercise was the eradication of the Fishtoft ward, with some parts of it being absorbed into the town area, and the rest joining the Coastal ward.

Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire, speaking as chairman of Fishtoft Parish Council, said the group would be writing to reject the proposals. He added: “Fishtoft has a very strong village life.”

Skirbeck councillor Paul Gleeson has previously campaigned for his ward to remain in tact, as it is the oldest settlement in Boston and is listed in the Domesday Book – unlike Boston itself.

Other proposals which have been put forward by the boundary commission include Leverton moving out of the Coastal ward and into the Old Leake ward.

Coastal councillor and authority leader Peter Bedford said many people in Leverton opposed the move.

He added: “The parish councils (in Coastal ward) do not want change. They have been working together for years and years, and things have been working.”

However, not everybody agreed that these historic issues were important.

Coun Paul Goodale said: “The parishes will still be there. All this is about is local government.

“We are all borough councillors and this is supposed to be about what is best for Boston Borough Council.”

The boundary change aims to reduce the number of councillors and the number of wards by two. The review was triggered by an inequality in the number of voters represented by each councillor.