Lincolshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick, says he believes a ban on drinking alcohol on streets in parts of Boston can be policed properly without becoming a burden on resources. It'll come into force next month and offenders will face a fine if they resist attempts to have their drink confiscated. The council says it made the decision with the backing of local people, and will be working with the police to enforce it. Michael Billington reports.
Drinking alcohol on the streets of Boston could land you with a fine from the new year.
The Lincolnshire town is one of the first in the country to ban booze on the streets.
And anyone caught breaking the ban, which will be introduced from january the 12th will be fined a hundred pounds for a first offence and up to 500 pounds for repeat offences.
Councillors, including Councillor Stephen Woodliffe , who approved it this week, say they'd like to see a borough-wide ban but don't have the manpower to enforce it.
This week marks a year since tidal surges devastated much of the East Coast, resulting in much of Boston being left underwater.
Some people in the town say it has taken them almost a year to get their houses back to normal.
Many have also got special flood proof doors to protect them.
Hundreds of children in Sleaford, Boston and South Holland won't be provided with their usual school lunches today as the company that supplies them - Food for Thought GB Ltd - have been stopped from trading for operating without a licence.
They supplied around a thousand school meals a day.
Council officials will be in Boston Market Place between 10am and 2pm today to get the public's view on plans to ban boozing in the ttown centre streets.
Earlier this year 97 per cent of all residents who responded to an earlier consultation said they would support tougher controls on street drinking in a designated area in Boston town centre.
Now new legislation permits the council to introduce a Public Space Prohibition Order, prohibiting consumption of alcohol in a designated area.
But the law requires the council to consult again before bringing in the new rules which will permit police to cause a person to stop drinking or surrender alcohol in the control area without the previous need for the consumption to be accompanied by anti-social behaviour, or the threat of anti-social behaviour.
Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.
People in Boston and the surrounding area will get their first glimpse of how the new Boston Barrier may look next month.
Exhibitions will take place across the town to give people the chance to see new 3D models of the barrier and ask any questions they may have about the project.
This is a very exciting time in the development of the barrier and we want people to come along and find out more. We’ve used the latest technology to produce these amazing 3D models which really help to bring to life how the barrier may look. The exhibitions are also a great opportunity to ask us any questions and to find out how the barrier will benefit Boston for years to come.
People attending the exhibitions will be able to see two models of the barrier. There will be a 3D plastic model of the preliminary design and a 3D computer-generated flyover of the proposed barrier site.
Neither of these models have been seen before.
Exhibitions are being held at the following venues and are open for people to drop in at any time during the day:
- Wednesday 5 November, noon-7pm, St Thomas’ Church Hall, London Road, Boston.
- Thursday 6 November, 10 am-5.30pm, St Nicholas Community Centre, Fishtoft Lane, Skirbeck, Boston.
- Tuesday 11 November, noon-7pm, Black Sluice Lock Keepers Cottages.
Lincolnshire currently has the lowest rate of so-called 'disabled friendly' houses in Britain - and according to one leading charity, the misery that shortage is causing is only going to get worse.
Seven-year-old David Househam has muscular dystrophy. His family say their home in Boston is completely unsuitable for his needs - but they can't find anywhere else or afford the tens of thousands of pounds needed to adapt it. Matt Price reports.
Health bosses in Lincolnshire are reporting a high demand for A&E services at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston. They are asking members of the public to help them during the busy time and only use A&E when they have a serious and life-threatening conditions.
"We strongly urge people in Lincolnshire to leave A&E for those who really need it, otherwise we risk putting huge pressure on a vital and highly valued resource in our county. A&E is for people with a life threatening or serious condition, such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, or serious accidents - those who need immediate attention”.
Lincolnshire police have arrested a man over an attack on a man in Boston over the weekend. The 27-year-old was assaulted on Granville Street in the town on Saturday morning. The victim remains in Queens Medical Centre in a serious but stable condition.
The Conservative party in Boston and Skegness have announced the party's next candidate for the General election.
Matt Warman will stand for the Tories in 2015.
The party were left in need of a new candidate after the current MP, Mark Simmonds announced he would stand down next may after what he described as 'intolerable' expenses made it impossible for his family to afford to live in London.