OBSERVER: Councillors should read letters and take note

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The letters column usually provides a more balanced view of what the voters of Boston think in comparison to what our ‘leaders’ in West Street believe we should think.

I don’t know whether councillors read these comments but they should – they would find out more about what is going on and, more importantly, what their electorate want.

The letter on immigration was spot on with comments about those who should be asked about views on what is happening in the town. The ‘experts’ only seem to tell inquiry members what they want to hear – not what they should hear.

And if there is any doubt whatsoever in councillors’ minds on what the vast majority of people in Boston feel about the Market Place they should read last week’s letters and take note.

The only letter I would take issue with is the one regarding allowances. While not really disputing what he says, I feel he should realise that in many cases people working full time, who would love to try to win a seat on the council, feel unable to put themselves forward.

It’s all very well for the writer to list those who he suggests have an unfair claim on standing; the truth is that it is these people who are able to stand purely because of the reason he gives.

Not many employers these days would be prepared to allow staff to have time off – and probably have to replace them with additional employees – to attend meetings. It is only in recent times that meetings have been transferred to daytime. I can remember when most if not all council committees and meetings were held during the evening. I also seem to remember we were much better served then as well!

○Everyone must have sympathy for all those flooded out of their homes in other parts of the country and the problems they expect to have when they try to get insurance next time.

Also ironic that in the so-called ‘flood capital’ of the country we seem to have been unaffected.

○Last week I said Boston’s Market Place had won an award, when in fact it was just mentioned as the best at a Heritage Champions Conference.