Bus service wins council backing
A MOVE to make Boston's "Into Town" bus service permanent has been endorsed by borough councillors.
During Boston Borough Council's annual meeting on Thursday, members voted 17 to six to recommend Lincolnshire County Council continues with the service.
That was despite calls from some opposition councillors to either delay making a decision or to impose a limit on the times when buses were allowed to run through the Strait Bargate pedestrian precinct.
Coun Brian Rush accused the ruling Boston Bypass Independents Party of "not listening to the people of Boston", who he claimed did not want buses to go through the precinct.
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He said this was proved by a survey he did in Strait Bargate on May 13, which resulted in 422 votes against the route and 164 for it.
Coun Rush appealed for further consultation to be done into the issue and was backed by Coun David Owens, who urged members not to "ignore the will of the people".
Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire said buses going through Strait Bargate had adversely affected businesses in the area and posed a safety risk.
He suggested the vehicles be limited to going through the precinct only before 9am and after 4pm, and at other times be diverted along other routes.
Council deputy leader Coun Peter Jordan dismissed this plan, claiming when the buses had used alternative routes during May Fair, the schedule "was in chaos".