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Boston's new council ghts for a bypass

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BYPASS LOBBYISTS in the Lincolnshire city of Boston were this week pressing the county council to open dialogue with the newly-elected pro-road borough council.

Boston Bypass Independents took control of Boston Borough Council in this month's local elections, seizing 25 seats out of 32.

The independent party was formed after plans for a bypass around Boston were killed off last year by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) after it decided that the scheme's relatively poor value for money meant that it would not stand any chance of winning government funding.

The independent party is now pressing for a meeting with the county council as a matter of urgency. 'We want to meet and our local MP is keen for us to meet, but LCC is still digging its heels in, ' said Robert Fisher, chairman of the Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG).

The MP for Boston and Skegness, Mark Simmonds, has given his full support to BBEG's campaign and has called on the parties to work together to ' fight for improvements in infrastructure'.

But LCC is standing by its 2006 strategy document Longer Term Improvements (2011 to 2021 and beyond), produced by consultant Jacobs, that rules out the economic case for the bypass and prefers a distributor road instead.

The report says: 'Technical analysis has shown that the bypass would only remove a relatively small amount of traffic from the town centre. This would therefore represent poor value for money and also score poorly against one of the key strategy aims of reducing trafc/ delays in the A52/A16 corridor.

'A distributor road would offer many of the benefits of a bypass, while also allowing the opportunity for more vehicles to transfer out of the town centre.

In addition, it would also open up land for regeneration and development.'

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