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No lunch for schoolchildren

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.

Public to have their say on Boston booze ban

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.


Boston flood barrier designs revealed

People in Boston and the surrounding area will get their first glimpse of how the new Boston Barrier may look next month.

Artist's impression of the Boston flood barrier

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.

Artist's impression of the Boston flood barrier

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.

– Mark Robinson, Senior Coastal Advisor for the Environment Agency
Artist's impression of the Boston flood barrier

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 has fewest 'disabled friendly' houses

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.

Pilgrim Hospital: "High demand for services"

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”.

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director


Tory candidate for Boston selected

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.

Yorkshire businessman heads up UKIP General Election campaign

Paul Sykes with Nigel Farage Credit: Press Association

UKIP has announced that Yorkshire businessman Paul Sykes has been put in charge of managing the party's General Election campaign.

He will be looking after the team focussing on the key target seats the party is looking to win, such as Boston, Rotherham and Grimsby.

I would like to thank UKIP’s National Executive Committee for having the trust in me to head up the campaign to win as many target seats as possible. Only by electing UKIP MPs to the House of Commons can we hope to start getting back control of our own borders from the EU, and making our own laws in our own Parliament, and once again become a truly self-governing democracy.

– Paul Sykes

Trust fined after "jump" patient was left paralysed

The public health trust responsible for mental health services at Boston Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire has been fined £20,000, after a patient gained access to a single storey roof and jumped off it.

The 26 year old man was on a cigarette break at the time, and has been left paralysed from the chest down as a result. Kate Hemingway reports.

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