Referendum planned on Quadrant development...but not yet

Meeting at Wyberton Parish Council.
Meeting at Wyberton Parish Council.

A referendum will be held in Wyberton as to whether residents will support or oppose the Quadrant but not until the planning application goes in.

At a meeting of the parish council, Sue Bell, of the Wyberton Quadrant Action Group, called for the referendum and got more than the 10 people legally required to support her. She told the meeting: “The more noise we make, the better.”

However, parish council chairman Coun John Chester convinced a majority of those present to vote to wait until the application for the Quadrant – which features a new Boston United ground, 500 homes and businesses is submitted.

One resident agreed, adding: “Going for a referendum now would make everyone look like NIMBYs, as though we’re going to say no to whatever plan comes through.”

It could cost the parish council up to £1,000 to carry out the referendum.

Those present, however, were told by Boston Borough Council’s development control manager Paul Edwards that the decision would be initially taken out of the local authority’s hands.

He explained that because the plans break the 1991 local development plan by going into ‘green space’ the Government will have the first say.

That would currently be Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who could pass it back to the borough council to make its mind up locally.

More than 100 people attended the meeting on Tuesday at Wyberton Parish Hall.