SENTINEL: New column keeps an eye on Boston

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Today we’re reviving The Sentinel - a traditional column from The Standard’s past – online to give you the inside track on all matters Boston.

The Sentinel will be keeping an eye out for interesting titbits and making observations – but also wants to hear your views and opinions...

*Sentinel was disappointed to see that the recent Aled Jones concert at The Stump did not sell out. Aled’s a pretty big name to attract and – from what we heard – a thoroughly nice and down-to-earth chap too.

Many seem to have blamed the ticket prices which started at £29.50. Now we’d have to agree that, like The Stump itself, that is pretty steep but can the venue be blamed?

A little digging suggests it cost £31 to see the Walking In The Air star at a festival in Preston earlier this year (albeit with several other non-famous artists on the bill). And let’s not pick on the nice Songs of Praise star either. Tickets to X Factor judge Gary Barlow’s gig in Nottingham start at £39.20 while even low rent boybanders The Wanted (ask your children!) charge £28-plus for their visit to the Capital One Arena.

Two wrongs don’t make a right but it’s not really The Stump’s fault for setting a high ’going rate’.

*Street cleaning was high on the agenda at this week’s Boston Borough Council cabinet meeting. The councillors are all keen to ‘name and shame’ so it’ll be interesting to see how they come good on that promise. Sentinel is sure that The Standard’s editor will gladly do his bit and it should certainly be easier to revive this now that the council’s shiny new CCTV cameras offer clearer pictures than ever before. Watch this space.

*On that subject...one thing that caught Sentinel’s eye in the lengthy council report (great cure for insomnia by the way) was the idea that the council could ‘explore the cost of talking bins’. That got us thinking - what would a bin say? Maybe the council could go the whole hog and get rappers 50 Sniffs to do a special ditty...

*Free parkers be warned! One of the last bastions of charge-less car parking in Boston, the corner of land near the railway bridge on Irby Street, is now ‘permit holders only’. The people who live down there were probably fed up of the fare dodgers - but will they be happy to pay £125 for the privilege of not competing for a spot? It’ll be interesting to see...

*Boston BID voting is now well under way. Or at least we hope it is. Sentinel is very much of the opinion that it is up to others to decide whether they want five more years of BID but a poor turnout is unhealthy for everyone. Last time it barely scraped the 20 per cent required - for the sake of everyone it must be higher than that this time...

*Yet more delays to Boston’s new footbridge. However, maybe highways bosses will feel like they can’t win? First they put it back to make sure they’ve got the technical Is dotted and Ts crossed and people worry it’ll affect Christmas trade (rightly). So, they put the work back and people duly grumble about another delay. Also many people now seem to dislike the design. One thing’s for certain...walking over the current thing in the snow and ice is no fun...

*Sentinel hates sitting on a good news morsel. Sadly at the moment we’re not allowed to tell you which television programme is coming to the town soon due to a debate on whether it’s ‘allowed to be released’. Our lips will be unsealed as soon as possible.

*Meanwhile, in a parallel universe University of Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton wants university fees to go up to £16,000. Back on planet earth the professor might want to consider that the average gross income in Boston is just £20,537. Sentinel understands that the money has got to come from somewhere but would like to see some of these people live for a week an an average wage and see if they still think £16,000 a year is even remotely reasonable.

*Fair play to the poor souls who dressed as giant cigarettes to highlight the health risks of smoking during pregnancy last week. One of them seemed in particular peril as a fireman turned his hose onto them for our photograph. The video on our website captures their ear-piercing shriek in all it’s glory - not one for the faint hearted! Sentinel takes his hat off to you - this week’s true news unsung hero...

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