Trying to promote positive image

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THE recent letters in your paper clearly evidence the wide variety of the public’s views and opinions in respect of our migrant communities in Boston.

The borough council has, as all Bostonians will now know, come in for some serious criticism arising from the administration’s response to the article written by Peter Hitchens.

This captured perhaps somewhat over dramatically, the concerns of some of Boston’s residents.

The ensuing situation has served to illustrate two points, both of which have been either explicitly or implicitly covered in virtually every letter that has appeared in the press.

Firstly, whatever our individual views on the situation with migrant workers they are currently an essential part of the local economy; this includes keeping shops occupied and open, spending their money in Boston as well as providing labour to the farming and factory employers.

We cannot currently do without them, and the reasons they are here, be it wage rates or EU Treaty Rights, have nothing to do with Boston Borough Council.

The second point which is clear from many letters is that Boston, a town we are working hard as an authority to promote as a destination, does not need negative publicity associated with the attention of the national media.

Behind the scenes Boston Borough Council does all it can to promote a positive image of the town, this has I suspect contributed to the view of some residents that we have been naive about Boston’s issues.

This is not true.

It is the case that we are working hard to address the many issues people are concerned about and we don’t need to repeat all those concerns here, we all know what they are.

However, we are a small authority and have to work through partners like the police to address some issues and we are limited by legislation in respect of others.

We hope that the last three weeks or so have highlighted a simple fact about our town and that is; whatever the issue be it a bypass, immigration or obesity none of us really wants to see our town sold short and end up under the spotlight of the national media. This has happened all too often in the past, with only negative results.

If all communities in Boston can work together by getting to know one another we will as a town experience the benefits of less public anxiety and loose the undeserved reputation we easily acquire as a place where there are only problems.


Boston Borough Council