THE Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership spends thousands of pounds each year making our roads safer.
Lorry and coach drivers face increasing restrictions on their driving hours and VOSA dedicates a large part of its budget making sure that they don't break the rules. Stealing lorries and/or their loads is a million pound business.
Just ask the police how much time, effort and finance they spend on fighting this crime. Not to mention the extra price we pay on our goods and insurances. The dock is an important asset to the town, what affect will this closure have on dock business given driving hour regulations?
Do our councillors even know how many lorries and coaches they will displace, forcing them to find lay byes that are, usually, already full of resting vehicles?
Drivers will therefore have to find parking places that will not be so secure, so increasing the chances of theft.
Parking in areas, too, that could cause nuisance to nearby residents and affect road safety. Finally, the borough council, too, add their voice to the chorus for a bye pass to relieve congestion in the town. Surely this move will increase the number of vehicle movements in the area of the bridge?
Once more we have an example of an authority making a decision in its own "interest" without consulting other authorities and ignoring the general public on the wider implications of its actions. How many thousands of pounds a year extra will we have to find in general taxation and price rises to deal with the effects of the loss of one small lorry park?
In time, we are told, it may "save" us council taxpayers up to £100,000 a year (a small part of the town's overall budget and our council tax). Where does this figure come from? Councillor Bedford doesn't tell us what the Fen Road rent is, only that the income from the lorry park is minimal.
Do we take it that we are paying nearly £100,000 a year in rent for the depot?
Then, there will be the cost of building the new depot, surely that will swallow a large amount of the supposed savings for several years?
I do have one suggestion, though the decision to close already appears to have been made. Boston United has just unveiled an exciting plan that will do wonders for the town and the football club. Planning applications always include a section whereby developers agree to provide community facilities.
Couldn't a new council depot on the edge of the development be part of this agreement?