Positive talks held on immigration impact

TALKS have begun between the authorities and campaigners in a bid to address the social impacts of immigration on Boston.

A six-hour Good Relations Civic Workshop last week brought together representatives of Boston Borough Council, the police, Boston Mayflower housing association, businesses, members of the Eastern European community and campaigners led by Wyberton resident Dean Everitt.

The lengthy talks were held at the Boston Conference and Management Centre on Tuesday and explored some of the issues raised by the borough’s expanding population.

The workshop will add to the work of a council task and finish group and last week’s event marks an effort to address the concerns raised by campaigners last year, when an anti-immigration march was planned and later called off.

A statement issued by Coun Paul Mould following the talks said: “Everyone present agreed the workshop had been worthwhile and encouraging and it is hoped it will prove to be the first step to finding an answer to the problems presented by Boston’s escalating population.”

Mr Everitt, who had been behind last year’s planned march, said: “It has gone extremely well. A lot of headway was made at the meeting. Things have now progressed a lot further than they were.

“I think that the march will always be there in the background and if we don’t get a satisfactory understanding we will put it on.

“But at the moment I don’t see the point of walking into the town with two to three thousand people and losing what we have gained.”

Mr Everitt says that the talks will look at what the authorities can do here – and prepare a dossier of other matters to be presented to the Government.