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									2009


   Boston Borough Council
   Proposed Budget 2009/10
   Consultation Report
   This paper reports the results of the consultation on the proposed budget
   for Boston Borough Council 2009/10, using both quantitative and
   qualitative data.




                                                Boston Borough Council
                                                            28/1/2009
Table of Contents
1. Methodology ..................................................................................................... 4
   2. Results .......................................................................................................... 7
      2.1 Party in the Park ...................................................................................... 7
      2.2 Opening hours at The Guildhall and The Haven .................................... 10
      2.3 CCTV ..................................................................................................... 12
      2.4 Parking season tickets ........................................................................... 14
      2.5 Public amenities ..................................................................................... 16
      2.6 Investment in Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex (GMLC) ........................ 18
      2.7 Boston Matters....................................................................................... 20
      2.8 Funding voluntary groups ...................................................................... 22
      2.9 Assembly Rooms ................................................................................... 23
      2.10 Having your say ................................................................................... 25
      2.11 Other comments .................................................................................. 26
      2.12 Questionnaire design and format ......................................................... 27
   3. Appendices.................................................................................................. 29
      Appendix A: List of wards and parishes ....................................................... 29
      Appendix B: Party in the Park extra comments ............................................ 30
      Appendix C: Opening hours at The Guildhall and The Haven extra
      comments .................................................................................................... 37
      Appendix D: CCTV extra comments. ........................................................... 40
      Appendix E: Parking Season Tickets extra comments ................................ 46
      Appendix F: Public amenities extra comments ............................................ 47
      Appendix G : GMLC extra comments .......................................................... 51
      Appendix H: Boston Matters extra comments .............................................. 54
      Appendix I – Funding voluntary groups ....................................................... 55
      Appendix J – Alternatives to Assembly rooms as a nightclub ...................... 70
      Appendix K: having your say extra comments ............................................. 79
      Appendix L: Questionnaire content comments ............................................ 80
      Appendix M: Priorities comments ................................................................ 83
      Appendix N: PRSA Comments .................................................................... 85
      Appendix O: Staff car parking comments .................................................... 87
      Appendix P: General comments on the budget .......................................... 88
      Appendix Q: Non-budget comments ............................................................ 93
      Appendix R: Contents of SLCVS letters .................................................... 100
      Appendix S: Bid Letter ............................................................................... 101
      Appendix T: GMB Letter ............................................................................ 102
      Appendix U: Mark Simmonds MP Letter .................................................... 105
      Appendix V: Lincolnshire Tourism Letter ................................................... 106
      List of References ...................................................................................... 107
      Websites .................................................................................................... 107




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List of Tables
Table 1: Party in the Park by age group ................................................................ 8
Table 2: Parking season tickets by age .............................................................. 14
Table 3: Public amenities by age ........................................................................ 17
Table 4: GMLC by Gender .................................................................................. 18
Table 5: GMLC by Age ....................................................................................... 19
Table 6: Boston Matters ...................................................................................... 20
Table 7: Assembly Rooms by age ...................................................................... 23



List of Figures
Figure 1: Party in the Park – Question 1A............................................................. 7
Figure 2: Opening hours at The Guildhall and The Haven .................................. 10
Figure 3: CCTV ................................................................................................... 12
Figure 4: Parking season tickets ......................................................................... 14
Figure 5: Public amenities ................................................................................... 16
Figure 6: Assembly rooms .................................................................................. 23
Figure 7: Having your say ................................................................................... 25



Abbreviations
BAP                Boston Area Partnership
BC                 Boston College
BIC                Boston Islamic Centre
FCC                Fenside Community Centre
GMLC               Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre
GOEM:              Government Office of East Midlands
GMB:               GMB, Britain‟s General Union
HHS                Haven High School
MP                 Market Place
SC:                Snooker club
U:                 Unemployed




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1. Methodology
A different approach was taken to this year‟s budget consultation process.
Having learnt from previous consultations, and the Equality Impact Assessment,
a number of consultation techniques were employed as discussed below. This
enabled the Council to attain a higher response rate, and a better representation
of Boston‟s population. It also allowed seldom heard groups to be involved in the
process.


The total number of surveys completed was 1132. This compares to 213 in
2007/08 and 109 in 2006/07. Five focus groups were held with 54 people, and
face-to-face interviews were held at three different locations, including a full day
at the Boston Wednesday Market.


The postal survey was sent out to 1347 randomly selected households and
voluntary and community groups, and 224 members of Boston Borough Council‟s
Citizens Panel. 114 were undeliverable. This resulted in 1457 questionnaires
being delivered. 412 were returned (28%).


Emails or letters were sent to all members of Boston Area Partnership asking for
comments on the budget proposals, and it was raised at the BAP meeting on
Tuesday January 20.


An email was sent to the board of Boston BID asking for comments on the
budget proposals.


Questionnaires were distributed to Boston Library, Boston Police Station, Boston
College, The Kings Head Pub, Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex (GMLC) and the
reception area at The Municipal Buildings. These were accompanied by a
prepaid envelope for easy return.




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Face-to-face interviews were conducted, and questionnaires distributed at the
Wednesday Boston Market, GMLC, and the Boston Snooker Club. Interpreters
were commissioned for GMLC and the Markets.


Focus groups were conducted with young people at Boston College and Haven
High School. Further focus groups were held at Boston Islamic Centre and
Fenside Community Centre with a group of older residents. Focus groups with
unemployed, people with disabilities and migrant workers were scheduled,
however due to the timing of the consultation exercise these were cancelled, and
rescheduling was not possible.


Councillors distributed questionnaires within their wards, and 315 questionnaires
were distributed by Parish Clerks in rural areas (for a list of participating wards
and parishes see Appendix A).


Paper questionnaires completed via all methods other than the postal survey
amounted to 469.


The questionnaire was placed on the Boston Borough Council website as an
online survey. This yielded 250 responses. Links were placed on the websites of:
Boston Target; The Boston Standard; Kaleidoscope; Boston Belles and
BostonEye. Comments from a social networking site are also included. All
comments from the focus groups, letters, emails and the „other comments‟
section of the questionnaire are included in Appendices B-Q.


It should be noted that in order to attain a confidence level of 95%, that is: to be
95% confident that the findings can be applied to the general population of
Boston, it is only necessary to have a sample of 381 (Krejce & Morgan 1970).
The confidence interval, that is the percentage range which we can be confident
that the answer falls within, is included for each question.



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It is not possible to determine whether the sample is representative in terms of
ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation due to a very small number of respondents
in some categories, and/or a lack of base statistics. The sample is representative
in terms of males, but under represents females. Under 45 year-olds are under-
represented, whilst 45 year-olds and over are over-represented. People with
disabilities are represented in the sample based on the figures for Disability
Living Allowance Claimants 2007.The retired population is over- represented full-
time employed persons are over-represented while part-time employed persons
are under represented. Self employed persons, the unemployed and people in
full-time education are represented*. For this reason where there has been a
significant difference in answers among demographic groups the figures are
displayed as percentages of those groups.


In essence, this means that we can be confident that the findings presented
below adequately represent Boston‟s general population, but that we need to
continue finding alternative ways of consulting with the equality streams. Though
we have been more successful than in the past, it is recognised that this is an
ongoing process.




*Note the z score should be between -1.96 and +1.96 in order to be representative of the population of the groups. Males
z=.37; females z=-4.21; <45 z=-4.68; 45-64 z=11.25; >64 z=3.8; disabilities z=.27; retired z=22.72; full time employment
z=2.44; part-time employment z=-12.45; self-employed z=1.02; unemployed z=.77; full-time education z=.19).

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2. Results
2.1 Party in the Park

The Council is proposing the suspension of Party in the Park 2009, with its
possible reinstatement in 2010 subject to review. This will offer a substantial
saving of £82,000. However, if Party in the Park is going to be available in future
years there will have to be an entry fee.
Please indicate whether you agree with the following two statements.
A. I would pay £10 adult entry and £7.50 child entry (yes/no)
B. I would pay more than £10 adult entry and £7.50 child entry (yes/no)


The Council identified that in order for Party in The Park to continue it would be
necessary to charge an entry fee, the feasible figures were £10 per adult and
£7.50 per child. For this reason it was inconceivable to ask people if they would
be prepared to pay less.


For statement A 25.9% of respondents indicated that they would be prepared to
pay the proposed entry fee, 68.3% said they would not and 6% did not reply.
This is identified in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Party in the Park – Question 1A



                         6%




                                26%                 No reply
                                                    Yes
                                                    No
                  68%




* Confidence Interval is ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 66.3% and 71.3% of the population would
have answered „no‟.



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Table 1: Party in the Park by age group
             Under 25      25 to 34     35 to 44   45 to 54     55 to 64   65 or older

No reply     4.10%        5.30%         2.80%      4.40%        3.60%      7.70%

Yes          48.60%       27.40%        27.00%     33.90%       20.80%     19.60%

No           47.30%       67.40%        70.20%     61.70%       75.60%     72.70%



The question has also been analysed by age groups. There is evidence of a
relationship, significant at the 1% level, with a significantly higher incidence of
„yes‟ answers amongst the under-25s when compared to all other age groups.
GMLC and Haven High School similarly produced significantly greater „yes‟
responses than other groups. The extra comments produced some interesting
qualitative results (Appendix B), and are categorised as follows:


Support of the proposed entry fee: 10 comments
“You can pay £185 for a Leeds festival to sit in a muddy field”


Stopping Party in the Park altogether: 22 comments
“Party in the Park is asking for trouble and a complete waste of police resources”


Do not support the proposed entry fee/ alternative suggestions: 178 comments
The majority of comments came from people who felt there were better ways to
fund Party in the Park, and several suggestions were put forward.


“It’s the one thing that Boston has that Boston can say it has”

“Only thing I have seen where there is not a cultural divide”

“Party in the Park should be able to pay on the day, ie £5 for Sunday. I would
begrudge paying £10 for both days up front if I only wanted to go to 1 of the days,
ie If it was raining etc. If I had to pay £10 up front probably wouldn’t bother.”

“Get something to eat and drink with price of ticket”



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“The Party in the Park makes a positive statement about the town of Boston for
both visitors, and young people in the town. It needs to be annual (not stop/start)
and allowed to grow and develop. It should be possible to make such an event
self funding, or just a minimum entry fee (say £2 per head). Local, commercially
minded business people should be co-opted to put the event on a sound
business footing.”

A combination of both quantitative and qualitative research would indicate that
Boston residents are unprepared to pay as much as £10 per adult and £7.50 per
child. It would further indicate that people, younger people in particular, would
like to see Party in the Park continue, but that they understand the need for
alternative funding. Suggestions on how this might be achieved were
forthcoming, and Boston College students are keen to discuss this further with
the Council. It is therefore the opinion that alternatives be explored, and that the
public is involved in further discussion relating to the continuation of Party in the
Park.


Only 4.6% of respondents identified that they would be prepared to pay more
than the proposed entry fees, and thus a separate analysis of this question is
deemed unnecessary.


Key Point:

People would not be willing to pay £10 or more for Party in the Park and a
number of alternative ways of holding the Party in the Park have been
suggested – especially involving Boston College and town centre
businesses.




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2.2 Opening hours at The Guildhall and The Haven

We have listened to your concerns over the proposed opening hours of the
Guildhall, and taking this into account propose the following changes:
-Guildhall opening hours: Wed-Sat (Mon and Tues for schools).
-Haven Gallery opening hours: open 3 days including Saturday.
-Moving the Tourist Information Centre from The Haven to the Guildhall. This
would result in savings of £42,000.
Please indicate whether you are satisfied with the proposed changes by ticking
ONE box
Satisfied/ not satisfied/ not sure


Figure 2: Opening hours at The Guildhall and The Haven




                                     3%



                             17%
                                                               No Reply
                                                               Satisfied
                                                               Not Satisfied
                                                               Not Sure
                    19%                       61%




* Confidence Interval is between ±2 and ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 58.1 % and 64.1% of the
population would be satisfied with the proposal.




In answer to this question 61.1% of respondents indicated that they were
satisfied with the proposed changes, while only 19.4% of respondents indicated
they were not, and 17% weren‟t sure. This is illustrated in Figure 2 below. The
findings indicate that there is overwhelming support for the proposal. Further
comments were made during qualitative data analysis (Appendix C), many of
which related to moving the Tourist Information Centre (TIC).
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In support of the proposal: 2 comments
Do not support the proposal (including comments on the TIC): 60 comments
“I do not think that the opening times of the TIC should be limited to less than 4
days a week. It could go back to Blackfriars or into Fydell house.”

“The tourist information should be in the centre of the town and open every day”

"When the Park Gate toilets are upgraded use the spare space in the old gents
toilets as the Tourist Information Centre".




Key Point:


Nearly two-thirds of respondents were happy with the proposed changes;
but concerns were expressed about the location of the TIC.




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2.3 CCTV

The Council is proposing to stop funding CCTV, and to either close or find
alternative funding for it. Currently CCTV costs the Council £237,000. There are
a number of alternatives presented. This could result in savings of £193,000.
Please indicate which ONE statement most accurately represents your opinion
on the best way forward:
Option 1: The police should pay for CCTV
Option 2: Local business should pay for CCTV
Option 3: Boston Borough Council should continue to pay for CCTV
Option 4: There should be joint funding between the police, business and the
Council
Option 5: CCTV coverage should be stopped
Option 6: The Council should continue to fund CCTV 24 hours a day 7 days a
week, but with single staffing resulting in savings of £34,000


Figure 3: CCTV
                         2%
                              7%
          3%      9%                4%
                                                         No reply

                                                         The police should pay for CCTV
                                         12%             Local business should pay for CCTV

                                                         Boston Borough Council should continue to pay for CCTV

                                                         There should be joint funding betw een the police, business and the Council

                                                         CCTV coverage should be stopped

                       63%                                The Council should continue to fund CCTV 24 hours a day 7 days a w eek, but w ith single staffing
                                                         resulting in savings of £34,000




* Confidence Interval is between ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 59.7% and 65.7% of the population
think there should be joint funding between the police, business and the Council.


The majority opinion was that there should be joint funding between the police,
business and the Council, this was supported by 62.7% of respondents. 11.9%
of respondents thought that the Council should continue to pay for CCTV as it is
currently funded, and a further 9% felt that the Council should continue to pay,

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but with reduced staffing. Only 6.6% and 3.6%, respectively, felt that CCTV
should be funded by the police or local business. The least favourable option
was to stop CCTV at 3.4% and the overwhelming support for the continuation of
CCTV was highlighted further during qualitative data analysis (Appendix D):
Option 1: 6 comments
Option 2: 1 comment
Option 3: 3 comments
Option 4: 10 comments
Option 6: 3 comments
Council/local business should pay: 1 comment
Police/council should pay: 2 comments
Support the continuation, and possible extension, of CCTV with no preferred
option identified: 91 comments (including letters from BID and GMB).
“I feel very strongly that it should not be stopped as crime will increase if people
know that they are not being watched & less likely to be caught.”

“In addition the fact that the Council is even considering the closure of CCTV
sends out the wrong message, possibly even attracting the criminal element and
dissuading outside investment. Indeed this may prompt existing businesses to
leave Boston altogether and in the Board’s opinion; therefore, closure of the
CCTV scheme is unacceptable and Boston BID Ltd strongly urges the Council to
reject any proposal to close the scheme or to reduce its area or effect.” BID

“This is not the only problem with single staffing. Operators can only monitor one
area at a time. The cameras may be on but if a request comes in to watch
events, that is what happens. This obviously means other areas are not being
watched. If there are two incidents the operator can only watch one of them. If
an incident happens and a group of people split up, the operator can only follow
one.” GMB

“Something needs to be done to ensure that we keep CCTV running in Boston.
As a female who sometimes has to walk alone through Boston Town Centre at
night, I feel safer knowing that there are CCTV cameras around the town
especially when we don't have many Police Officers on the beat any more”.
Key Point:
While people support joint funding they want to ensure CCTV remains
operational.


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2.4 Parking season tickets

The cost of season tickets for parking has not been increased for 5 years. The
cost of the season ticket will increase from £280 to £320. The proposed increase
would result in extra revenue of £7000.
Please indicate whether you support this proposal:
I support the proposal/ I do not support the proposal/ I am not sure


Figure 4: Parking season tickets




                           5%

                     14%                             No reply

                                                     I support the
                                                     proposal
               26%                                   I do not support
                                55%
                                                     the proposal
                                                     I am not sure




* Confidence Interval is ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 52.7% and 58.7% of the population support
the proposal


Table 2: Parking season tickets by age
                                                      No reply       I support          I do not         I am not
                                                                     the                support          sure
                                                                     proposal           the
                                                                                        proposal
Prefer not to answer                                  -              34.90%             48.80%           16.30%
Full time employment (30 hours +)                     1.20%          61.90%             25.90%           11.00%
Part time employment (Under 29 hours)                 3.50%          53.00%             21.70%           21.70%
Looking after the home                                4.50%          54.50%             22.70%           18.20%
Not working due to ill health/disability              4.00%          32.00%             40.00%           24.00%
Self employed                                         1.30%          67.10%             28.90%           2.60%
Unemployed                                            -              31.60%             52.60%           15.80%
Full time education                                   5.70%          22.90%             31.40%           40.00%
Retired                                               7.80%          59.60%             20.30%           12.20%



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There is evidence of a relationship between whether respondents support the
proposal and their work situation, significant at the 1% level.

The unemployed have the highest percentage of respondents who are opposed
to the proposal. Residents in full-time work have the highest proportion of people
who support the proposal.

There were fewer comments on this proposal than others, the comments that
were made can be found in Appendix E.
Support the proposal: 3 comments
Do not support the proposals: 12 comments



Key Point:
While people overall support the proposal – it does have a significant
relationship to their employment status.




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2.5 Public amenities

The Council proposes to develop high quality public conveniences at Park Gate,
manned by an attendant when open for use. It further proposes to close the
public conveniences at the Cattle Market toilets. In previous consultations you
have told us that you would like to see some of the toilets removed and others
improved, we have listened to your concerns. These proposals will result in
savings of £29,000.
Please indicate whether you support this proposal:
I support the proposal/ I do not support the proposal/ I am not sure


53.1% of respondents are in support of the proposal (Figure 5); however those
that are against the proposal feel very strongly about the closure of the Cattle
Market toilets and many were users. This should be taken into consideration
when using the figures for decision-making purposes.

Figure 5: Public amenities



                                    3%
                           9%

                                                                           No reply

                                                                           I support the
                                                                           proposal
                  35%
                                               53%
                                                                           I do not support the
                                                                           proposal
                                                                           I am not sure




* Confidence Interval is ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 50.1% and 56.1% of the population support
the proposal




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There is evidence of a relationship between support of the proposal and age,
significant at the 1% level. The percentage of respondents who do not support
the proposals increased quite significantly for respondents 45 and over (Table 3)

Table 3: Public amenities by age
                  No reply         I support the      I do not support   I am not sure
                                   proposal           the proposal
Under 25         4.10%             60.80%             20.30%             14.90%
25 to 34         2.10%             60.00%             27.40%             10.50%
35 to 44         0.70%             65.20%             24.80%             9.20%
45 to 54         1.60%             54.60%             33.90%             9.80%
55 to 64         1.60%             51.60%             39.60%             7.20%
65 or older      2.50%             47.90%             41.70%             8.00%



Qualitative data analysis found that people generally support the improvement of
the Park Gate toilets, but are opposed to the closure of the Cattle Market Toilets.
It was also found that people may be prepared to pay for the use of improved
facilities. (Appendix F). Further consultation on paying for the toilets is advised.
Support the proposal: 16 comments
“I support the proposal-for upgrading toilets at Park Gate. Long overdue. Also
make a charge if heated.”

Do not support the proposal: 84 comments
“It’s the stupidest thing ever thought of”

“I think closing the Cattle Market Public Conveniences would be wrong. They are
easily accessible for disabled drivers and passing traffic and market traders. The
Park Gate Toilets do need improving but, they are not so easy to get to only on
foot. The area is very busy with the Post Office and eating places, taxi rank and
bus service. Therefore no parking facilities. Toilets need to be open. I think to pay
20p for use of facilities is fair.”

“There is no concern for the elderly, disabled, drivers or market stall holders”

Key Point:
While people do support the improvement of the park toilets there are
significant concerns among users about closing Cattle Market Toilets.




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2.6 Investment in Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex (GMLC)

The Council is proposing a substantial investment in GMLC. This will, in the short
term, create savings due to a reduction in staffing during refurbishment, and
more importantly long term savings on running costs. The savings would amount
to £140,000. It will also create better facilities for the public, resulting in health
benefits through increasing the number of people taking part in regular exercise.
In 2005/06 Boston's participation rates in regular exercise were the lowest in
England. This has significantly increased in 2007/08 following a number of
Council and Partner schemes aimed at improving the health of residents. Your
health is of the highest priority and the Council is committed to seeing these
figures rise.
Having read this explanation please indicate which statement best represents
your opinion:
Better facilities at GMLC will encourage me to participate in regular exercise
Better facilities at GMLC will not encourage me to participate in regular exercise


Table 4 identifies that, overall, 49.9% of respondents would be encouraged to
participate in regular exercise if there were better facilities at GMLC.


Table 4: GMLC by Gender
                                      No reply               will encourage             will not encourage
                       All            5.70%                  49.9%                      44.4%
Gender                 Male           4.60%                  46.20%                     49.30%
                       Female 5.10%                          55.70%                     39.10%
* Confidence Interval is ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 46.9% and 52.9% of the population will be
encouraged to participate in regular exercise if there are better facilities at GMLC.


There is also evidence of a relationship between whether respondents will be
encouraged to participate in regular exercise if there are better facilities at GMLC
and gender, significant at the 1% level.

Females are far more likely to participate in regular exercise if there are better
facilities at GMLC than men.

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Table 5: GMLC by Age
Age                No reply           will encourage           will not encourage
Under 25           2.70%              74.30%                   23.00%
25 to 34           -                  71.60%                   28.40%
35 to 44           2.10%              55.30%                   42.60%
45 to 54           1.60%              47.50%                   50.80%
55 to 64           3.60%              44.40%                   52.00%
65 or older        10.70%             43.30%                   46.00%



There is evidence of a relationship between whether respondents will be
encouraged to participate in regular exercise if there are better facilities at GMLC
and age, significant at the 1% level. Younger people are far more likely to be
encouraged to participate in regular exercise as a consequence of refurbishment
than older people, as identified in Table 5, with 73.3% of under-25s saying it
would encourage them to participate in regular exercise.

In undertaking face-to-face interviews at GMLC it emerged that people who use
the facilities, whilst in favour of refurbishment, are very concerned about the
closure of the training pool. Extra comments can be found in Appendix G.
Support refurbishment: 6 comments
“It is good to see that the Council has recognised the value of the GMLC / pool to
the community”.

Opposed to closure of training pool: 31 comments
“My 9 year-old was swimming from 5.15am to 7.15am, and from 7pm-9pm. Some
of the younger children will have to stop if the training pool is closed”

“People are worried about the effect of even a short-term closure on GMLC,
especially the training squads”

“The swimming club caters for people between the ages of four and 70. We
need to look at the health side of it. We have 40 members in the adult section.”

Against refurbishment: 2 comments; Other: 65 comments


Key Point: Improving the leisure centre will encourage more women than
men to take part in sport.
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2.7 Boston Matters

Boston Matters is delivered to your door 4 times a year. Council is considering
alternative ways of keeping you informed. This could result in savings of £10,000
to £15,000.
You will find a list of alternatives below. Please tick ONE box that best represents
your opinion.
A. Informing you via the local papers in a council supplement or magazine four
times a year.
B. Putting information into the press once a fortnight on a specific page instead of
a magazine
C. Issuing a magazine, but only twice a year and distributing through the local
press.


51.2% of respondents indicated that their preferred alternative to Boston Matters
was putting information into the press once a fortnight on a specific page instead
of a magazine (Table 6). For all age groups Option B was the preferred method.

Table 6: Boston Matters
            No       A. Informing you via                     B. Putting information            C. Issuing a magazine,
            reply    the local papers in a                    into the press once a             but only twice a year
                     council supplement or                    fortnight on a specific           and distributing
                     magazine four times                      page instead of a                 through the local
                     a year.                                  magazine                          press.

All              4.6%        20.3%                            51.2%                             23.9%
Under 25         2.7%        23.%                             48.6%                             25.7%
25 to 34         2.1%        33.7%                            46.3%                             17.9%
35 to 44         2.8%        24.1%                            51.1%                             22%
45 to 54         3.8%        17.5%                            56.3%                             22.4%
55 to 64         4%          19.2%                            53.2%                             23.6%
65 or over       4%          17.5%                            51.5%                             27%
* Confidence Interval is ± 4. This means it is relatively certain that between 47.2% and 54.2% of the population will be
would prefer Putting information into the press once a fortnight on a specific page instead of a magazine.




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There is no evidence of a relationship between preferred method of
communication and age. Other comments surrounding Boston Matters are
included in Appendix H.


Option 1: 1 comment
Option 2: 3 comments
Negative comments: 4 comments
Other comments and suggestions: 31 comments


Key Point:

The majority of people would prefer the Council putting information
into the press once a fortnight on a specific page to a magazine.




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2.8 Funding voluntary groups

The Council recognises the importance of the work the voluntary sector do within
our community and currently supports the voluntary sector with around £166,000
per year. The proposal is to continue to support the voluntary sector, but in part
through external funding. For funding to continue voluntary organisations will
have to demonstrate how the work they do is helping to build a sense of
community and civic pride, and belonging among all of our residents.
What, if any, are your views on this proposal?


This question was open-ended and therefore the comments received have been
analysed using grounded theory in order to give them some statistical weight.
You can find a full list of comments in Appendix I.


Agree with the proposal: 193 comments
“I agree more funding should be sourced outside of Boston Borough Council”

“I think this is a good idea as it shows people that the money is going to a good
cause”

Disagree with proposal: 102 comments
“It is very difficult to recruit volunteers for charity work and they already have to
fill in a lot of paperwork to comply with regulations and to do even more work
proving what they already do is another added burden when really everyone
knows what good work they do. They should be given the support to continue
their work without having to prove what we know.”

Continue support of voluntary group, support for rest of proposal unclear: 179
comments.


Key Point:
The voluntary sector is important to people and they want to ensure it is
supported by their local authority.




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2.9 Assembly Rooms
Would you support the leasing out of the Assembly Rooms as a nightclub?


Only 687 respondents received the question on the Assembly Rooms as it was
not included on the first batch of questionnaires. The question has therefore
been analysed using these 687 questionnaires.


Figure 6: Assembly rooms




                                  6%




                                                                      No reply
                  50%                                                 Yes
                                           44%
                                                                      No




* Confidence Interval is ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 46.9% and 52.9% of the population will be
would prefer Putting information into the press once a fortnight on a specific page instead of a magazine.


50% of respondents who received this question did not support the leasing out of
the Assembly Rooms as a nightclub, while 44% were supportive of the proposal
and 6% did not reply as seen in Figure 6.


Table 7: Assembly Rooms by age
                                                             No reply            Yes                No
Age of Respondents                   Under 25                6.80%               70.50%             22.70%
                                     25 to 34                2.90%               51.40%             45.70%
                                     35 to 44                -                   52.00%             48.00%
                                     45 to 54                2.80%               51.40%             45.90%
                                     55 to 64                5.00%               41.10%             53.90%
                                     65 or older             6.30%               30.30%             63.40%

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There is evidence of a relationship between whether respondents support the
leasing of the Assembly Rooms as a nightclub and age, significant at the 1%
level (Table 7). The younger a person is the more likely that they will support the
leasing of the Assembly Rooms as a nightclub. Alternative suggestions varied
greatly, and a full list is available in Appendix J, as well as other comments
relating to the Assembly Rooms.


Agree with the proposal: 15 comments
“Strongly agree, I strongly agree”


Disagree with the proposal: 111 comments
“I feel that Boston has enough licensed night venues within town without adding
any more, which may increase further the violence & drinking culture that exists.”

Alternatives: 195 comments
The alternative suggestions vary from dancing, to community events, to an Art
Gallery or a casino. Most relate to keeping the Assembly Rooms as an historic
icon that can be used by the whole community.


“The Assembly rooms should be in continuous use for the benefit of the
community as a whole. Please look at diverse usage that would bring in income
but also benefit the community as a whole.”


Key Point:
Opinion is split overall, but there is support among younger people for the
proposal, but equally older people do not support the alternative use.
People want to see a use that would benefit the community as a whole.




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2.10 Having your say
Council is committed to involving the public in decision-making, continuing to
work within our neighbourhoods, and providing opportunities for you to change
and shape your communities.
Please indicate how you would like to be involved in decision-making. Tick all
that apply.


Figure 7: Having your say


                            5%                         No reply
                      9%
                                                        Paper questionnaires

             15%                                        Web-based surveys
                                   34%
                                                        Face-to-face consultation including meetings and focus
                                                       groups
                                                        Working in your neighbourhoods to help you identify and
             17%                                       tackle issues.
                                                        Community roadshows
                           20%




* Confidence Interval is ± 3. This means it is relatively certain that between 31% and 37% of the population will would like
to be have their say using paper questionnaires.


Respondents were asked to identify their preferred means of having their say.
This is in order for the Council to better involve the residents in the decision-
making process. 34% of respondents showed a preference for paper-based
questionnaires, while only 9% of respondents indicated that they preferred
Community roadshows. Respondents were asked to tick all boxes that applied,
and many of the respondents indicated more than one preference. These results
highlight the need to use a variety of methods. There will be further analysis of
this question for the Equality Impact Assessment; however that is beyond the
scope of this report. Extra comments are attached in Appendix K.
Key Point: Consultation needs to use a variety of methods to ensure a
broad range of people participate.
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2.11 Other comments
Other comments that did not fit into any of the above categories were included in
the report. There were many comments on the level of Council Tax rise; funding
for sport and staff car parking. All of these are included.


Appendix M     Comments on the Council‟s priorities in relation to the budget and
               comments surrounding the Council Tax.


Appendix N     A total of 55 comments about The Princess Royal Sports Arena.


Appendix O     A total of 18 comments about staff car parking charges.


Appendix P     General comments relating to the 2009/10 budget including 117
               suggestions and other comments.


Appendix Q     Contains all other comments that do not directly relate to the
               budget but express the views of people on different matters
               relating not only to Boston Borough Council but to the Police
               Central Government and the Into Town Bus Service.


Appendix R     Contains letters received from South Lincolnshire CVS


Appendix S     Contains letter from BID


Appendix T     Contains letter from GMB


Appendix U     Contains letter from Mark Simmonds M.P


PLEASE NOTE: ALL COMMENTS ARE TYPED EXACTLY AS THEY
APPEARED ON THE QUESTIONNAIRES, NO SPELLING OR GRAMMATICAL
MISTAKES HAVE BEEN CORRECTED IN LINE WITH RESEARCH
GUIDELINES.

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2.12 Questionnaire design and format

Further comments were made about the consultation process, and about the
budget questionnaire. Many of these revolved around the demographic
questions, and in particular the ethnicity question, religion/belief question and the
sexual orientation question. It is important to note that the demographic
questions are used in order to make sure the Council is representing the diverse
population of Boston. The only way to know if the Council is succeeding in its aim
to be fully representative is to ask these questions. It also highlights any gaps in
the consultation process. Furthermore, this is recommended national
best practice and the questions are in line with recommendations from the
Equality and Human Rights Commission. Under the Equalities Standard it is vital
that local authorities ensure that sections of the community aren't excluded. The
questions are not compulsory; however they do provide valuable information to
the Council. Please refer to the Equality Standard for Local Government 2007.


There were also positive comments given on the content of the questionnaire, in
particular relating to the practical nature of the questions. All comments relating
to the questionnaire itself can be found in Appendix L.


Positive: 11 comments
“This questionnaire is a good way of getting public opinion. It is good to see the
Council attempting to reduce costs, whilst engaging the public, and keeping them
informed.”




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Negative: 24 comments
“I fail to understand how we have decided that this `Consultation` is an adequate
and therefore valuable thermometer on how council funds are used. The
tinkering with such items within is clearly minor, and not representative of a town
in crisis. There are far more serious items that are not mentioned, and begs the
question why? For Example. The Princess Royal Arena Funding, Haven Gallery,
Barc regeneration programmes, road traffic studies and exorbitant Consultancy
Fees, failed legal challenges and quality of upper management within the Council
are the areas that must be examined and evaluated, in order to make the
document effective. Furthermore the structure of questions that `have` to be
answered without alternative opinion box is unfair and creates a `definite
measureable` response, limiting choice of answer. Finally what consultation took
place on the construction of the `Consultation Document` within the Council?”

Demographic questions: 40 comments




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3. Appendices


Appendix A: List of wards and parishes

The following is a list of all wards that councillors distributed the questionnaires in
and parishes where parish clerks distributed questionnaires.


      Central - 100
      Fenside - 150
      North - 100
      South - 100
      Staniland North - 100
      Staniland South - 100
      West - 100
      Witham - 100
      Coastal - 100
      Fishtoft - 130
      Wyberton - 100
      Kirton - 175
      Swineshead and Holland Fen – post office 50
      Algarkirk: 30
      Leverton: 30
      Old Leake: 50
      Swineshead: 50
      Wrangle: 50




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Appendix B: Party in the Park extra comments
1. Party in the Park                                                                                               Group
     1. Would pay 10/7.50
     2. You can pay 185 for a Leeds festival to sit in a muddy field                                               BC
     3. I don‟t think it‟s unreasonable to have an entrance fee                                                    BC
     4. Please Please Please keep party in the park, its the one thing everyone looks forward too. Its
           best event in boston all year. Charge more on tickets if funding is an issue, we will pay!
     5. Party in the Park – shame to lose good profile events but much better to get the basic services
           right for residents and visitors alike
     6. Unless persuaded otherwise, for many people the latter is the best thing in Boston – better than
           May Fair as this is mainly for children and not all generations
     7. For the whole weekend/providing there is plenty on offer, which means making it attractive and             HHS
           worthwhile to those taking part.
     8. That‟s ok as long as it keeps going
     9. That‟s alright for the whole 3 days                                                                        HHS
     10. I agree that there should be an entry fee ie it should pay for itself and not come from Council
           Tax.
Stop Party in the Park
     1. I have absolutely no problem with others enjoying themselves but I also have no wish to pay for
           what is their entertainment. They don't pay for mine why should I be expected to pay for theirs.
           Council need money for more important things. I would not attend or wish to pay for
           entertainment of others
     2. THE PARTY IN THE PARK DOES NOT APPEAL. I AM I AM MARRIED WITH TWO YOUNG
           CHILDREN & I HAVE ATTENDED ONCE ONLY TO BE VERY DISAPPOINTED. I WOULD
           NOT ATTEND EVEN IF IT WAS FREE!
     3. Party in the Park is asking for trouble and a complete waste of police resources
     4. Cancel it.
     5. Cancel indefinitely
     6. Cancel altogether
     7. PARTY IN THE PARK: IT SHOULD BE STOPPED!!! If it was a private party the environment
           department would have closed it on the noise level.
     8. Do we really need a PARTY in our Park where it gives people the opportunity to get drunk, fight,
           have loud music which can be heard in Fishtoft and beyond, till late at night NO
     9. To me personally I wouldn't go at all! - but many would. Good idea to suspend!
     10. Cut out party in the park
     11. In the present economic climate this event is a non-starter
     12. I never bother going to the Party in The Park even though it Has been free so far , because I
           think it is poor, so it wouldn`t bother me if it was discontinued and I don`t see why most of us
           that don`t go should pay for the minority that do go.
     13. Stop party in the park totally.
     14. Suspend the Party in the Park until public finances improve.
     15. Abolish it.
     16. I think Party in the Park should be scrapped.
     17. Party in the Park should be free by getting sponsorship. If no sponsors can be found then no
           Party in the Park. You will price the public out of going.
     18. Party in the park should be cancelled unless external funding can be found. I wouldn't pay £10
           to enter but younger people might.
     19. Party in the park-not interested anyway-suspend for good!
     20. NO MORE PARTY IN THE PARK UNLESS IT IS COMPLETELY FUNDED BY AN EXTERNAL
           GROUP
     21. I shouldn‟t spend £10 to go in my own local park; it‟s like a back yard. Scrap it altogether, it‟s just   U
           noise
     22. I think PIP is (1) past its sell by day and should only be resurrected if it is (2) run by a private
           company. Neither of these options appear in your quiz. You just assume that everyone wishes
           to see PIP continue. This cannot be the case
Do not support the proposed entry fee and suggested alternatives
     1. I‟d sooner the fair was stopped                                                                            MP
     2. Elderly people rely on Party in the Park and enjoy other people‟s company.                                 MP
     3. It‟s the one thing that Boston has that Boston can say it has                                              BC
     4. It gets people together                                                                                    BC
     5. Only thing I have seen where there has not been a cultural divide                                          BC
     6. I have a mate who can be classed as racist, but is just passionate with his views, but there he is         BC
           very placid and can be ok with someone he would normally take a swing at
     7. Its nothing short of a disgrace. Im sure that this event could actually make the council a profit....if    Facebo
           they did it right                                                                                       ok

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8.  Well if the council cancel this brill' weekend                                                          Facebo
    we may have too just go and make a big issue and hold a party out side the council building in          ok
    west st
    its ok for the council to have their away days at tax payers expense bit hypocritical- dont you
    think
9. I've never been, but it definitely should stay. It gives boston something other than obesity and         Facebo
    racism to be famous for                                                                                 ok
10. This is surely the highlight of Boston's summer, where everyone just comes together and has a           Facebo
    ****** blowout weekend. So why make something to do this, watch its success, then pull its              ok
    funding?! I know times are hard at the moment, but for christ's sake, surely there is sponsoring,
    volunteers and entry fees like last year to help cover the costs?! My main motive for this year (if
    we get a party in the park) is to bring back the CAMRA beer tent, such an extensive range of
    drinks, and bloody cheap too! They charge nothing for their services as they make their money
    from the beer! All else fails, ***** get a team of us and we'll put our own party in the park on this
    year...
11. I'm with (Name)                                                                                         Facebo
                                                                                                            ok
12. WITH U (Name)                                                                                           Facebo
13. you only have till this Friday 23rd January to share your views.                                        ok
14. It can be extremely **** at times and you think                                                         Facebo
    'what a pile of ****!' but then you realise.. its not ****!                                             ok
    It's a great time to have fun with your friends and mess about.. listen to some
    live local bands and maybe go on some rides. It's stupid i cant believe they're even thinking
    about getting rid of it! Next it will be the fayre!! Better not take that away thats amazing :D
15. how dare they??!!!!.....                                                                                Facebo
                                                                                                            ok
16. yer boston council putting dampner on this they good at this my kids love going and they love it.       Facebo
    its a chance to here different bands and have a good time.                                              ok
    boston council do not know what a good time is
17. they jst cnt it the best weekend ever!!!!! the music can be **** but then agen wats better that         Facebo
    possibly :P a sunny weekend drinkin n hangin out with everyone its wicked!!! save party in park         ok
    !!!
18. i say get rid unless they have a dance tent                                                             Facebo
                                                                                                            ok
19. Im not from boston so here is my outsiders point of view: people from all over the area come to         Facebo
    boston for the weekend, its good for tourism and economics of the town, if the council pull it they     ok
    will lose even more money......people have been bouycotting boston recently due to the huge
    traffic problems (which i admit are better now they took the stupid lights down on the
    roundabout!!) but this is a real opportunity to get people back in!!
20. I LOVE party in the park! it brings the whole town together for the whole weekend, and yer there        Facebo
    tryin to save money, BUT they charge ppl to go in anyways, so they must make some and                   ok
    evryone spends loads in the beer tents! its a gr8 weekend spent wit fam and friends hangin out,
    chilin drinkin and havin fun! its about 1 of the ONLY good things goin for boston that boston
    COUNCIL actually deserve a thumbs up for and a job well done! DONT go and take it away
    now!!!
21. Bit extreme, but they should include a dance tent really, or open one of the clubs up during the        Facebo
    day for it. The thing is as well, there are new (and established) promotions companies in town          ok
    who could take it over for the weekend.
22. if they do pull it im with you lot, create your own, me and my family and friends will come along!!!    Facebo
                                                                                                            ok
23. matt i seriousley dont have intrest in party in the park unless                                         Facebo
     have dance tent m8 for all the clubbers that go out week in                                            ok
     week out we could run it but you know wat councils like
In response to the question what Big Band to show?                                                          Facebo
24. as an outsider i dont think its neccessary for a big named band....loads of people come from all        ok
     over to see the local talent and generally soak up the atmosphere. if you are interested in the
     bands then you will know that some of them are very well known in the area anyway.
25. Yeah, my granddad and uncle played at Party in the Park!                                                Facebo
     HE NEEDS EMPLOYMENT!                                                                                   ok
     :-p
26. If the town just spent a little money on one well known band to show up then have the normal            Facebo
     few local bands as well. They would attract more people in to Boston face it! deffo something          ok
     they need to do considering the town its self is in a poor state!
27. its a catch 22 mate the bigger the band the more security you need meaning more costs                   Facebo
                                                                                                            ok
28. ''In the rosy parks of England, we'll sit and have a drink                                              Facebo
    of vp wine and cider till we can hardly think''                                                         ok
    If 'they' stop it (party in park) that's the best thing about Boston gone.
    Maybe we should organise an independant, unofficial festival of some sort, with all proceeds
    going to local charities.
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29. how would we pay for it mate..                                                                              Facebo
                                                                                                                ok
30. Last year I was annoyed coz I wasn't in the country for Boston's Party in the Park, but I usually           Facebo
    go at least once if not 2 or 3 times over the weekend - it's one of the few good things Boston has          ok
    left - don't take it away!
31. I do not agree that the party in the park should be scrapped this year. It has been a great
    success and a great way for the people of Boston to enjoy themselves and it is an unique event
    at most towns of this size never have. Not a lot happens in Boston apart from the party in the
    Park which has got to be good for the well being for the people of Boston
32. If they are charging 10 then they will lose out on tickets and make it worse for themselves                 BC
33. The first time I ever went it was free £2 not a silly price then                                            BC
34. £2 to £10 is a huge jump, it‟s just not worth it especially the way things are. I can just sit in my        BC
    garden
35. I think that‟s a bit dear that                                                                              BC
36. Especially the child‟s cost. I have friends who have said the wouldn‟t be willing to pay £7.50 for a        BC
    child
37. It would cost a family like £60 to get in                                                                   BC
38. Party in the Park should be able to pay on the day, ie £5 for Sunday. I would begrudge paying
    £10 for both days up front if I only wanted to go to 1 of the days, ie If it was raining etc. If I had to
    pay £10 up front probably wouldn‟t bother.
39. The price for this is too high                                                                              BIC
40. £5 per person over 18 yrs                                                                                   MP
41. £5 ok, not £10                                                                                              MP
42. Prices proposed are far too high and many people would simply not be able to afford it
    especially in the current climate. Sponsorship may be the answer although I would have
    thought that the fair rides, ice cream vans and stalls would make some contribution. If an entry
    fee is absolutely necessary then I would suggest 50p for adults and 10p for children over five.
    The last Party in the Park I attended I found that the noise levels were way too high possibly
    even damaging to hearing - and that was after I took my hearing aid out.
43. I would also be interested to know the cost of the party in the Park 82,000? Average family                 MP
    would pay 35 pounds
44. 7.50 is far too much for a child                                                                            MP
45. This should be self funding. Get revenue from fair advertising, trade stands etc and use money              MP
    for running it. put on what you can afford
46. Conclusion: not willing to pay £10 but would like some kind of community event to take place.               FCC
47. Would it be possible to hold a cheaper version of PiP? One day, fewer stage acts etc. Could it              FCC
    be combined with another event e.g at Christmas?
48. Suggest charge per day, rather than for the whole weekend. (Lots of people don‟t want to go all             FCC
    3 days).
49. That is a lot of money for a few days, people won‟t pay and now they had it for free.                       SC
50.
51. For that much money I would take my kids elsewhere                                                          SC
52. £10 minimum is too much.                                                                                    FCC
53. The one event that gave Boston a sense of community and civic pride was PIP and is now to be
    cancelled or priced out of the reach of the many. As a rough estimate the council could have
    funded PIP for the next 100 years on the money it has wasted on the white elephant that is the
    Princess Anne Sports Arena.
54. PLEASE DON'T KILL OFF PARTY IN THE PARK BY APLYING A LARGE ENTRANCE FEE.
55. Too much for family of 5
56. £5 is enough.
57. £10 is too much. People were disgruntled at a £1 fee.
58. £2 per adult is enough we have low wages in this area
59. I was happy to pay £5 family
60. The price of the tickets for party in the park is too high especially if you only go for a couple of
    hours which we have done every year.
61. I would pay £5 but £10 is too much.
62. I think you need to get smaller companies involved                                                          BC
63. Try and get some big sponsorship, happens at other events by businesses that are relevant to it             BC
64. Get a local radio station involved who can report on it                                                     BC
65. A football personality. not everyone into football                                                          BC
66. Try and get a local personality to host it, someone who people have heard of                                BC
67. Or in a prize drawn for something that is more than entry                                                   BC
68. Get something to eat and drink with price of ticket                                                         BC
69. Do the wrist band again, people will come                                                                   BC
70. You could do Boston‟s got the X Factor or something and charge people 10 to enter                           BC
71. A lot of the charities could get involved                                                                   BC
72. Kids prefer to see animals and stuff to rides                                                               BC
73. And the ambulance                                                                                           BC

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74. Even though the Fire Brigade have to be there, they can also put a stand up for the kids and             BC
     stuff
75. Fair rides are stupid amounts of money for spinning round and round. Extra money once in                 BC
76. Kids like little gala stuff like hook a duck and stuff                                                   BC
77. You could get different local organisations to set up stuff                                              BC
78. Get local businesses and stalls involved                                                                 BC
79. Run a campaign or something                                                                              BC
80. Could have some cadet forces involved, I‟d happily try and set up a stall or something                   BC
81. The catering students, and hairdressing etc could get involved and the money could go to the             BC
     council
82. The more smaller businesses are better than big organisations and would aid the local economy            BC
83. If you could approach other organisations to co-host and co fund like the local farmers and Real         BC
     Ale campaign and I‟m sure the small local businesses could have stalls
84. The catering students could have one stand do it all and provide healthy foods.                          BC
85. Integrate a market atmosphere as well like Harrington show. Invite more traders                          BC
86. Too many food stalls
87. I think 5 adult is reasonable and 2.50 child                                                             BC
88. Could do a campaign with the council like clean up Boston and give them discount                         BC
89. Put it on Lincs FM or something like that                                                                BC
90. I think 3 an adult and 2 a child                                                                         BC
91. Or family tickets                                                                                        BC
92. Or a drink with ticket                                                                                   BC
93. A family pass or something                                                                               BC
94. What if we put in an idea about raising money so it knocks some money off ticket prices?                 BC
95. Or food voucher                                                                                          BC
96. Not suitable for older people
97. Do a save our PIP campaign                                                                               BC
98. Have group discounts                                                                                     BC
99. Would have a problem picking someone who everyone likes                                                  BC
100. Would rather see local bands                                                                            BC
101. Get local schools involved on projects                                                                  BC
102. Also got the Real Ale Campaign there, advertise that more. If that‟s advertised would get people
     who are part of that coming along. That would increase revenue
103. I think if it gets a lot more advertising then a lot more people will turn up
104. A sponsored car wash or something                                                                       BC
105. £5.00 Adult Entry £3.50 Children
106. Could we have CAMRA again and some attractions more in keeping with the event
107. As well as Party in the Park a new year eve community firework display may be an idea
108. Would pay £5 per person (adult or child) for entry to party in the park
109. Mainly attended by young families & teenagers £5 for the weekend would probably be
     acceptable any more would stop local people from going.
110. Party in the Park - £10 Adult - Children free
111. Entrance price should be based on a commercial rate. Nothing is free these days.
112. Scale back Party in the park - enhance community by encouraging voluntary organisations,
     schools and colleges to be creative and entertain the public for free
                                             a.
113. The above answer (no) relates to quality of content. If quality improved - eg. to include
     orchestral concert, then I would be prepared to pay £10 and possibly more.
114. Party in the Park is great but a family of 4 won't pay £35 to get in - cancel it this year and try to
     fund it again in 2010
115. Party in the park should be kept, but other ways of lowering the cost of it should be looked into.
     No-one is willing to pay £10, but a small sum of £2-£3 would be reasonable and keep numbers
     up.
116. Have PITP every 2/3 years. Should be free.
117. Would consider a fee of £2 for adults each day and £1 for children as this is a family party and
     people could chose according to their budget.
118. I would pay half rates on A.
119. I would pay an entry fee for part in the park but £10/£7.50 is ridiculous - £35 for a family of 2
     adults and 2 kids!! £5 and £2 may be fairer.
120. £5.00 would be okay
121. £5.00 / £2.50
122. Adults £5
123. By putting such a high charge for entrance to party in the Park will keep numbers down and will
     not make the event successful, far better to charge a small entrance: £1 or £2. This will
     encourage a higher attendance and create a successful event. However you will need to market
     the event and give it a high profile to guarantee its success. Encourage local business to
     participate and exhibit.
124. The Party in the Park makes a positive statement about the town of Boston for both vistors, and

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       young people in the town. It needs to be annual (not stop/start) and allowed to grow and
       develop. It should be possible to make such an event self funding, or just a minimum entry fee
       (say £2 per head). Local, commercially minded business people should be co-opted to put the
       event on a sound business footing.
125.   Gives local bands the chance to get notices at a decent event                                             BC
126.   It would create more awareness                                                                            BC
127.   If you put it to all the people in Boston that it could get lost then you would get a lot of support to   BC
       keep it and people would rally together
128.   It‟s normally local acts and artists trying to get a name                                                 BC
129.   Helps the council achieve its regeneration part of its community plan                                     BC
130.   What do you need the fair rides there for? It ruins the grass and costs more money                        BC
131.   But it is bigger famous bands                                                                             BC
132.   Do they just pay a ground fee?                                                                            BC
133.   It‟s so important to people they don‟t want to lose it                                                    BC
134.   It‟s not very well publicised, just in the Target and The Standard                                        BC
135.   It‟s about the only time I have seen everyone in Boston not trying to fight each other                    BC
136.   It‟s when everyone gets along                                                                             BC
137.   I live just outside Boston and it is one of the only times I will come into Boston when it is getting     BC
       dark
138.   You see old friends at PIP                                                                                BC
139.   Very important                                                                                            BC
140.   The adult line is normally drawn at 16, but you can‟t do any of the adult stuff. The line should be       BC
       drawn at 18
141.   For a large family this is far too much
142.   Your entrance fee for Party in the Park of £10/£7.50 is this for all the weekend or on each day?
       You do not state which.
143.   PIP should always be free, as money is made off stall holders.
144.   PIP should not be cancelled. It provides entertainment to thousands, brings people into town
       benefitting business, parking etc. I would think the council makes considerable more parking
       fees on this weekend than any other and shops and restaurants benefit too.
145.   Bring back PIP.
146.   Party in the Park is a massive event for the local community but poor management now appears
       to be threatening its future. I was amazed to see so many 'outside' providers for this event, and
       more than concerned to discover something as simple as toilet provision had been made by a
       hire company based miles away at a substantial cost premium. We have never seen published
       accounts for this event but it appears that the 'organisers' have consistently failed to obtain
       value for money - due almost certainly to their lack of diligence in making early reservations.
       Perhaps a private team - as I believe we once had.
147.   Option A is fair for the whole weekend, but rather expensive for just the Friday night or the
       Finale on Sunday. It would be most interesting to see the balance sheet!
148.   I would but I wouldn't expect others to. Why from £2 to £10? £7.50 for child is ridiculous - more
       like £2. Other concessions? Disable, OAP. 500% over 2 yrs. You need to project demand at
       different price levels. Even £2 significantly reduced demand I feel.
149.   Kings Lynn have a spectacular 'Party in the Park' and its FREE! The idea to charge entry to
       party in the park is scandalous. Other councils do not charge entry and for example Kings Lynn
       had a major girl band pop group as their main attraction this year, and indeed has had a host of
       top musicians over a number of years and their festival is free! The amount you are suggesting
       is outrageous! Access the voluntary sector more!!!
150.   Boston people don't have that amount of money.
151.   Music not my sort. If my sort of music I would pay £10.
152.   Re Party in the Park. You should only spend on the event what you can bring in to it in income.
       You should be charging a proper rate to the fair ground, encouraging paying trade stands,
       advertisers etc and using money generated from the for the costs. If you don't make the money,
       you cut back on the acts or other costs. That's life! I wouldn't pay £7.50 to bring a child,
       maximum £2. You can go to Heckington show (a really big village show) for a weekend for what
       you are suggesting charging for this event
153.   I would be happy to pay £10 or £10 + for the event, if it was altered. I do not wish to pay to see
       Karaoke and little known local bands. There are many bands who do tour and do smaller
       events that are not top acts demanding vast amounts of money.
154.   Party in the park should not happen at all given the current climate unless all funds are met from
       sponsorship and this includes the cost for police and security costs - funding should not be
       provided by Boston Borough Council.
155.   It's clear that we are facing particular tough times with respect to the economy and I can
       understand why the council must cut back financially, however I fail to understand why such
       events like party in the park, and services such as cctv can even be considered. Surely party in
       the park if run properly should generate revenue not cost the taxpayer money. I have never and
       will never agree with you funding any part of Party in the Park.
156.   If you cancel Party In The Park 2009, you will be cancelling the best thing Boston has. Even in
       times of economic recession, a single weekend of family fun is not the right choice to cut back

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         on. You will alienate many of the electorate with this decision.
    157. Boston is pretty much the dead end of no where. There is one event each year, that give or
         take the odd bit of excess drinking, bring a town together, Teacher and Pupil, Entire Families (
         and despite the fact that almost everyone is boston is related - family based activity must be
         high on everyones agenda) and interaction between groups of different race. Not to mention its
         the only opportunity for young people to show case talent. Perhaps you should all freeze your
         salary, reduce petrol claim allowance or merely fund raise, but if the council could be slightly
         less short sighted regarding party in the park is would be to the benefit of the town.
    158. DONT GET RID OF PARTY IN THE PARK.
    159. As far as Party In The Park goes, I originally thought it was for one year only - to celebrate the
         Millennium so was pleasantly surprised to find it carry on. I believe that people would be
         prepared to pay a little more than what was charged last year to go into the Party but only if
         CAMRA were able to attend - it was sorely missed by a lot of people. I think that concessions for
         elderly/disabled should be available too.
    160. Boston borough need to show that there is planning for Boston's future -not just a focus on cost
         saving.
    161. Regarding Party in the Park there needs to be better attractions. The bands are unknown, there
         needs to be a celebrity group eg After Dark Club pull in a celebrity occasionally. The FOOD
         STALLS are massively too expensive. There needs to be fairer prices all round for the people to
         spend money.
    162. Dont get rid of Party in the Park
    163. Party in the Park should continue in 2009 as it has previously, it is one of the few events that
         provides entertainment for the whole family and brings the community together. It is the main
         event in Boston that all the family can enjoy. Bring back CAMRA. Also, the PRSA is a drain on
         the Council's fund which is unlikely to be recouped, if the Council does not put any more money
         into it, then the Council will be able to use that money for all the things mentioned in this
         questionnaire.
    164. SAVE OUR PARTY IN THE PARK. I think what we payed last year is a good fee.
    165. Too much for a child
    166. Apart from Mayfair, it is the only thing to do
    167. You can‟t stop Party in the Park                                                                     HHS
    168. It‟s the best thing ever                                                                             HHS
    169. Teacher: It‟s showcasing local talent and groups. It is their opportunity to take part in a local    HHS
         event, and there are few opportunities to show what they can do other than in smaller venues.
    170. It brings everyone together and it‟s only once a year                                                HHS
    171. It is something to do                                                                                HHS
    172. It‟s fun and I go to it every day, all day                                                           HHS
    173. It brings loads of people together                                                                   HHS
    174. The best thing in Boston                                                                             HHS
    175. We don‟t get any other entertainment in Boston                                                       HHS
    176. We‟re not old enough to get in a club or ought                                                       HHS
    177. Try to find the money somewhere else if not enough people will pay                                   HHS
    178. Could the tourism budget somehow support the craft butchers and seafood? (Kimes, Elincs
         seafood?) I feel these are more unique than you realise. Bury (Lancs) Council manages a food-
         only market with 300! Stalls
Other Comments
    1. We don‟t attend
    2. Are you looking to make a profit or are you looking to break even
    3. No in current format. However if better quality entertainment than Yes
    4. Cancel it this year and run it again next year                                                         BIC
    5. Does not apply to us not interested
    6. Xmas market-pile of tat and why the same week as Lincoln‟s – sheer stupidity. Distracts from
         normal market.
    7. We don‟t go to it.
    8. I wouldn't go even if it was free
    9. The fair rides from party in the park were very loud and did distract from the music being
         performed by the artist.
    10. Do not attend.
    11. Not my scene.
    12. Never been, no intention of going and no I wouldn't pay
    13. Not interested I don't attend
    14. Once it gone it will be gone
    15. Do not go anyway
    16. PARTY IN THE PARK SHOULD NEVER HAVE COME OUT OF THE COUNCIL BUDGETS IN
         THE 1ST PLACE.
    17. I don‟t go anyway.
    18. This is no longer entertainment for families. It just ends up with young kids having too much
         drink and fighting. We do not go because of that reason.
    19. I wouldn‟t go if it were free
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Appendix C: Opening hours at The Guildhall and The Haven extra
comments
                                                                                                              Group
Support the proposal
    1. This seems okay                                                                                        BIC
    2. (ticked support) but use Guildhall/Haven Gallery ones for public use, or signpost people to West       MP
         St Council offices also.
Do not support the proposal
    1. The closure of buildings in this area is a source of great concern to many!
    2. Living in Boston‟s Fydell House I am acutely aware of the town‟s cultural heritage. Due to             MP
         restrictions on the Guildhall‟s opening hours, many local people and visitors fail to gain entry
         when they wish.
    3. Tourist info Centre should be central town i.e Assembly Rooms downstairs/Stump/All
         suggestions too far out
    4. TIC – who currently uses this? Is it local people? Does the service have a business plan? Happy
         to discuss this with the team.
    5. Guildhall reduced opening hours – feel this could be counterproductive as visitors may expect
         week round access. Given the capital investment this small saving seems inappropriate.
    6. But schools should be able to go Wednesday - Saturday, so it don‟t need to be open for no
         reason.
    7. Put the TIC in there where it belongs, not in the Guildhall
    8. Put the Tourist Information Centre there and make it a PROPER TIC. I asked for details on Ayr
         (south-west Scotland) and was offered details of Aberdeen (north-east Scotland) because the
         NEW staff obviously don't know where it is. Bring back the old staff who knew what they were
         talking about. Instead of wasting money on the PRSA why not spend that money on the
         Assembly Rooms and towards CCTV which benefits everyone.
    9. It was pointed out that under the proposed new opening hours, the Guildhall would be closed to         FCC
         the public on a Monday. Would this include Bank Holiday Mondays – when it should surely be
         open for tourists etc?
    10. If TIC has to move again, it should move to another location – not the Guildhall. Suggestions         FCC
         were Old Magistrates Court (next to the library), the Stump (they have staff who are
         knowledgeable about local issues), the Library or distribute leaflets etc in cafes.
    11. Would be disappointed to see the opening hours reduced.                                               FCC
    12. If Guildhall going to be open for schools (Mon,Tue) Why can't it be open for general public with
         help of volunteers so bring more income large amounts of money have bee spent on the
         Guildhall NOT to have it CLOSED half the time to visitors who can't come back another day:
    13. If the Tourist Information Centre is moving to the Guild Hall how can tourists receive information
         if it isn't open every day?
    14. What is the point of moving the TIC to the Guildhall unless there are longer opening hours all
         week + there is something for visitors to see in the museum? TIC should be back in the town
         centre.
    15. The TIC should never have been moved to The Haven, especially if it only opens 3 days a
         week: for the same reason why move it to a place (The Guildhall) only open 4 days a week. I
         can only assume that the Council would like to discourage visitors from coming to Boston. It is
         absolutely scandalous that The Guildhall was closed so long for repairs and is now set to be
         closed for a big percentage of the week.
    16. Proposed hours for the Guildhall Museum are too short. Move the tourist information again?
         Why can't you find a permanent home-why not site it in the library complex?
    17. WE DISAGREE ONCE AGAIN WITH THE MOVE OF THE TOURIST INFO CENTRE. IF YOU
         SERIOUSLY ARE INTENT ON PROMOTING BOSTON WHY HIDE IT AWAY AND REDUCE
         THE HOURS.
    18. I DO NOT AGREE WITH MOVING THE TOURIST INFO CENTRE - AS IT HAS ONLY JUST
         BEEN MOVED AND I SEE NO BENEFIT TO IT MOVING TO THE GUILDHALL. I DO NOT
         AGREE WITH LIMITING ACCESS TO THE GUILDHALL PARTICULARY AS SO MUCH
         PUBLIC MONEY WAS SPENT RESTORING IT AND THE SAVINGS STATED ARE VERY
         SMALL COMPARED WITH RESTRUCTURING & STAFF PROPOSALS
    19. Reducing the opening hours of the Haven gallery will be detrimental to the arts community in
         Boston and surrounds. The haven is the only art gallery in Boston and showcases allot of local
         talent. I also think that the tourist information centre should stay within the haven gallery.
    20. Guildhall/Haven opening times - Closing these buildings for so many days each just goes to
         show that t hey aren't even making enough money to pay for staff costs on these days. Boston
         will never be popular enough for people to travel from miles around to see them and local
         people can only visit so many times before getting fed up. Therefore they are never going to
         make any money. However my main concern is the reduced opening hours of the TIC. What is
         the good of a tourist information centre that is closed on Monday and Tuesday?? I have been
         anywhere where the TIC has ever been closed on a weekday. Any visitors to Boston on those
         days will not have access to the same information as visitors later on in the week. This will turn
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      tourists away and reduce the number of visitors to local attractions which rely on business
      generated by the TIC.
21.   Combine the Haven Gallery with the Guildhall and dispose of the Haven building. Put the
      visitors' guide on the web.
22.   I do not think that the opening times of the TIC should be limited to less than 4 days a week. It
      could go back to Blackfriars or into Fydell house.
23.   Wed and Sat most popular days. It should be open Wed and Sat                                             MP
24.   The Guildhall and (in part) the Haven have ceased to be local attractions where locals went to
      see local exhibit many times during the year. The new offerings don‟t seem to have the pulling
      power for our own people, let alone visitors from further afield. How cutting down the opening
      hours of both squares with Ambition No.2 “Making Boston a destination” also seems strange
      as is moving the Tourist Office (it is no longer a TIC!). Tourists never seem to have found their
      way to South End in the past for info. I cannot see this change altering anything. As well, I
      thought the downstairs room at the Guildhall was supposed to be a clutter free area, not partially
      filled with leaflets. Councillors don‟t seem to realise how important tourists are to our economy
      even now. To attract even more tourists, more effort needs to be put into promoting the Markets
      and our history. Not closing everything down! Just paying lip service is no good!
25.   But why is this the second move for the TIC?
26.   The Guildhall should be closed or sold in my opinion there is too much emphasis on the arts and
      cultures and not enough on normal everyday things that people enjoy e.g. decent Xmas market
      and Party in the Park. We live in Boston not London
27.   I agree with moving the TIC but the Guildhall should be open six days a week for visitors
28.   More the TIC into the Assembly Rooms                                                       Turn the
      Guildhall back into a local museum                                                 Functions
      currently held in the Guildhall to revert to the Assembly Rooms                 Aggressively
      advertise the Assembly Rooms & public meeting & events
29.
30.   In Summer tourist facilities should never be closed (that is if we want tourists in Boston)
31.   Why incur further costs moving TIC again?
32.   The tourist information should be in the centre of the town and open every day
33.   Any alternatives for visitors for when tourist information closed?
34.   Council to organise it's self better. How many times has the tourist centre moved? is that forward
      planning?
35.   Move the Tourist Information Centre to the Haven
36.   Admission fees - last time I looked at Guildhall were prohibitively expensive.
37.   The Tourist Information Centre has already been moved from a perfectly good site to the Haven
      to save money. It should stay where it is. Further savings could be made if council members
      showed some initiatives and gave up part of their expenses claims.
38.   TIC needs to be central. Guildhall is hopeless as a museum. It should be closed and offered to
      private sector to run.
39.   What is the point of having a tourist information centre in a building which is not open at least 6
      days a week? Somehow you need to make Boston a place people want to come to, neither the
      Haven or the Guildhall now answer this. A cafe in the Haven might attract more visitors.
40.   Needs to be in the market place where tourists can find it. Put it in the Stump.
41.   Where are the contents of the Guildhall nowadays? Are they locked away in the Haven? If so,
      how ridiculous.
42.   Urgent action is needed to support Boston's heritage - which is the basis of its identity and
      attraction to visitors.
43.   I can see we shall lose our T. Information office soon altogether we had such a lovely one in the
      market place!
44.   Moving the TIC was not a good move. Agrees with change of opening hours but not move of
      TIC.
45.   THE TOURIST OFFICE MOVING INTO PESCOD SQUARE IS MANDATORY- AS PAST,
      PRESIDENT OF A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I DO HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE.
46.   You have spent a great deal in recent years on refurbishment of Guildhall + Haven + moving
      TIC what feasibility study was done before this expenditure if none of them are viable to run?
47.   Not satisfied-want more tourist info
48.   Why not have information for tourist in both the Haven and the Guildhall so tourists can get
      information 7 days a week. I feel the Guildhall is an important part of Boston's history and should
      be open to the public during the summer months 7 days a week.
49.   I just hope the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall will be just that (as it was at Fish Hill)
      and not just part of a reception desk as at the Haven.
50.   Why not different hours for tourist seasons and winter for Guildhall? Virtually everyone else in
      the country does this (inc Tourist Info Centre)
51.   I think it is important that the Tourist Information Centre incorporating a Council information
      outlet (plus county and parish information) be available centrally within the town, ie in the market
      place. The pedestrian approach to the Guildhall and the Haven Gallery need to be reconsidered
      and positioned away from South Street which is a busy and intimidating thoroughfare.
52.   Entry to the Guildhall is overpriced. In the time the Haven has been open I have been once.

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        Tourist info should be back in town
    53. Tourist Information Centre needs to be available at all times.
    54. Could the Tourist Information Centre not be resited along side Boston Council Information
        Centre West St. Boston.? Staff at desk could be utilised for either duties
    55. I feel it is not necessary to open the Guildhall through the winter months. Tourism is low at these
        times and it is generally acceptable throughout the country that similar places are closed, end of
        October to Easter. I support a young lady with 'learning disabilities' and we have delivered great
        pleasure from the different exhibitions, - some interactive and others to view. There has been a
        great variety of exhibitions from very well known to local & a great variety is different medium &
        materials used. I feel that to shut the gallery for half a week would have an adverse effect in the
        gallery.
    56. Tourist facilities should be open every day from Spring to Autumn if you want tourists to come to
        Boston.
    57. Where will visiting tourists obtain information when the Guildhall is closed to the general public
        on Monday and Tuesdays? Are Tourist Packs available at the Len Medlock Centre or Boston rail
        Centre?
    58. Could the TIC be put in the Medlock Centre this is open all week, near the train station, bus
        station and major car parks.
    59. If the tourist information moves to the Guildhall will it only therefore be open 4 days? I think that
        the Guildhall should be open Sat & Sun (or do they not get many visitors on a Sunday?). I think
        that Boston has had very bad press recently and we need to demonstrate a positive side of
        Boston. This could be done through tourist info as well as a video of Boston that could be
        viewed online.
    60. While I understand the reasons behind Q2 I do think that if we are ever to bring more people into
        Boston we have to offer a wider selection of place to go & things to do.
    61. "When the Park Gate toilets are upgraded use the spare space in the old gents toilets as the
        Tourist Information Centre".
Other comments
    1. Why not close the Haven down? Perhaps you shouldn‟t have spent money on doing up the                     U
        Guildhall
    2. Haven should be closed
    3. Should the Guildhall be open during Holiday Time on a Sunday and surely we should state an
        admission charge!
    4. Close the Haven completely
    5. Unable to answer this as I do not use the Guildhall or the Haven and as yet have no idea as to
        their functions.
    6. Man Haven and Guildhall with volunteers                                                                  MP
    7. I believe that the Haven Gallery was a waste of money. The Assembly Rooms could have been
        used for a Gallery.
    8. I ALSO THINK THAT THE HAVEN GALLERY IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. I HAVE
        BEEN ON TWO SCHOOL TRIPS & WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING THAT COULD NOT
        HAVE BEEN DONE AT SCHOOL. IT IS ALWAYS QUITE & WITH VENUES SUCH AS 'THE
        COLLECTION' AT LINCOL & 'THE HUB' AT SLEAFORD IS A POINTLESS POOR
        SUBSTITUTE.
    9. Close the Haven and sell it.
    10. Instead of trying to modernisation of the Guildhall, at millions of pounds cost, leave alone to old
        medieval ways.
    11. If necessary drop to 2 or 2.5 days.
    12. The Haven should be closed.
    13. Instead of reducing funding in CCTV and staff redundancies in public services closing the Haven
        art gallery which is not an essential service and very few people want or use would save money
        especially if the building was sold, it seems crazy to cut the services that people want and
        plough money into under used services that most people locally dont use. If we were given the
        choice between an art gallery and public toilets to shut there would be no doubt that most local
        people would choose the former.




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Appendix D: CCTV extra comments.
3. CCTV                                                                                                            Group
Option 1
     1.    If you had more police officers patrolling then that could save money.                                  BC
     2.    I don‟t think Police should pay for it at all, they deal with everything after                          BC
     3.    I‟ve just started seeing police Officers on the street again and that is only on a rare occasion.
     4.    I agree with what A said earlier about as far as I understand it Lincolnshire is one of the most        BC
           underfunded police forces and their budget is really stretched
     5.    I think the police should pay for it because they use it more.                                          HHS
     6.    Police- they earn enough revenue from the other cameras
Option 2
     1. It would appear that the main reason for the installation of CCTV in the centre relates to
           excessive drinking? Business that profit from this problem should be made to pay for the result.
           Again paying for others?
Option 3
     1. I personally think it‟s the Council‟s responsibility. They have already set it out in their Community      BC
           plan 2008-2018.
     2. I think the Council should really fund the CCTV                                                            U
     3. I think the Council should pay                                                                             FCC
Option 4
     1. And that comes out of Council tax. It‟s the same as business rates.                                        BC
     2. But then you are going to have some people complaining that some residents want it and some                BC
           don‟t
     3. It shouldn‟t just be split up between the police, business and council. If there is an area that is        BC
           highly residential it should partially fall on the residents as well because it‟s there protection as
           well
     4. The police can‟t really; their budget is stressed enough as it is, and if businesses are paying for        BC
           it through their business rates?
     5. I think it should go to joint funding instead of stopping it altogether                                    BC
     6. Basically joint funding is a better option.                                                                BIC
     7. I think it should be shared, between the police business and the council                                   BIC
     8. Joint funding. CCTV makes people more wary                                                                 MP
     9. I think there should be joint funding because it I not fair for CCTV to be paid for just by the            HHS
           Council when police use it too, and business.
     10. I think someone should pay, and it helps everyone so the more people who can pay the better               FCC
Option 6
     1. So that could still create problems because one person wouldn‟t be able to look at all the                 BC
           screens
     2. One person can‟t watch that many cameras, so I don‟t agree with option 6                                   HHS
     3. What do you mean by single staffing, so just one person?
Council/local business should pay
1. Majority felt it should be paid for jointly by Council/local businesses. They didn‟t think the Police were      FCC
     in a position to help pay for it.
Police & Council
     1. Neither, CCTV should be funded by the police and the council only
     2. I agree that this should be something that is supported by the police and the council together.            Staff
           Local businesses would be affected perhaps and the trade or choice of businesses moving into
           the town centre may be affected. The loss of this service would have a dramatic impact on the
           way that the community of Boston behave and the security that they feel they have in the town.
           I wonder too how this would affect the level of incidences that the police are called to when the
           public are behaving badly and whether they would see an increased workload. I would like to
           hope that more discussion of the effects on all parties involved could occur before any action is
           taken between the council and the police.
     3. I agree that this should be something that is supported by the police and the council together.
           Local businesses would be affected perhaps and the trade or choice of businesses moving into
           the town centre may be affected. The loss of this service would have a dramatic impact on the
           way that the community of Boston behave and the security that they feel they have in the town.
           I wonder too how this would affect the level of incidences that the police are called to when the
           public are behaving badly and whether they would see an increased workload. I would like to
           hope that more discussion of the effects on all parties involved could occur before any action is
           taken between the council and the police.
Support of continuation of CCTV (no preferred option identified)
     1. The proposals on CCTV seem odd too. In the past we have told how useful the CCTV is in                     BAP
           making people and businesses in the town feel safer etc. If we cut this back are we simply
           worsening the challenge to reinvigorate our town centre?
     2. Our area is a much safer place. You should be able to find the money for this.                             MP
     3. Planning for real-the money was fronted for the cameras to be put in. We needed to conduct a               MP
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     survey to find out if people wanted the cameras, and only had four refusals during this time.
4.   Although I haven't got any specific comments from BID members the general consensus of                 BID
     opinion is that CCTV is vital to the town and should not be closed or a reduced service provided.
     Many businesses have reminded me that they contributed financially to the original scheme and
     two businesses have told me that if the scheme is scrapped they will leave Boston.
5.   Proposed Closure of CCTV Scheme                                                                        BID
     I am writing to you in connection with the Council‟s proposal to consider the closure of or to seek
     alternative funding for the CCTV scheme in Boston. The Board of Directors of Boston BID Ltd is
     very much against the closure of the CCTV scheme and in fact it is their desire to see the
     scheme expanded rather than reduced.
     During the initial consultations that were held when seeking approval for the BID scheme it was
     apparent that the number one concern of businesses within the BID area was the safety and
     security of people working and shopping in the BID district.
     In the BID business plan both CCTV & the town radio scheme featured prominently as tools that
     will be used effectively to combat crime and provide visitors with a greater sense of security. The
     BID aspires to obtain a Safer Shopping award to benefit Boston and the removal of CCTV would
     not help in achieving this goal; indeed it is likely to prove a significant hindrance.
     The baseline analysis provided to BID by Boston Borough Council in 2008 set out performance
     standards for the CCTV unit and indicated that this service would continue to be provided for the
     benefit of businesses, residents and visitors alike.
     This facility provides the police with invaluable support and evidence when tackling crime and
     leads to successful prosecutions, which in turn helps to provide a “safe and secure” environment
     within the town centre and surroundings.
     CCTV systems have also been responsible for saving lives and generally give visitors to the
     town the comfort of knowing that Boston has facilities in place to deter crime, thus making the
     town a more attractive place to visit.
     The staff in the CCTV unit act as a control point for the town radio system and the fact that local
     businesses have a contract with the Council to provide monitoring services for this system is yet
     another reason why the CCTV scheme should not be closed. Boston Borough Council has
     declared that it is their objective to improve the town yet closure of CCTV would appear to be
     diametrically opposed to this objective. In addition the fact that the Council is even considering
     the closure of CCTV sends out the wrong message, possibly even attracting the criminal
     element and dissuading outside investment. Indeed this may prompt existing businesses to
     leave Boston altogether and in the Board‟s opinion; therefore, closure of the CCTV scheme is
     unacceptable and Boston BID Ltd strongly urges the Council to reject any proposal to close the
     scheme or to reduce its area or effect.
6.   CCTV                                                                                                   GMB
     As you should be aware, it is proposed that the CCTV operation is going to be reduced to single
     staffing at all times, with the exception of events such as New Years Eve.
     This move, I believe, will be detrimental to the people of Boston, your constituents, for many
     reasons which I will outline. But first, the reason to reduce single staffing is to save £37,000. So
     the question you need to answer is, are you prepared to take the risk of a lesser service to save
     £37,000?
     Firstly, the single staffing actually means zero staffing for some of the shift. In an eight hour
     shift staff need to have a thirty minute break away from their workstation, as detailed in the
     Working Time Directive. Additionally, CCTV staff should be getting a ten minute screen break
     every hour.
     Whilst at work, the operators are asked by the police to retrieve footage of incidents or areas
     where crime has been committed. This takes between twenty minutes and an hour each time.
     On top of this there is the need for toilet breaks.
     In one eight hour shift, taking the above into account, if there is one request for CCTV footage,
     for which we will allow thirty minutes, the cameras will be zero staffed for two hours. How much
     crime is missed?
     This is not the only problem with single staffing. Operators can only monitor one area at a time.
     The cameras may be on but if a request comes in to watch events, that is what happens. This
     obviously means other areas are not being watched. If there are two incidents the operator can
     only watch one of them. If an incident happens and a group of people split up, the operator can
     only follow one.
     Incidents like these are not made up, they are recorded in the daily log.
     The role of the CCTV operator is more than being reactive to police requests. They also detect
     many crimes and disorder themselves, and then direct the police to the scene. This could be
     anything from identifying known criminals in particular areas, people acting suspiciously or car
     crime in all different forms. CCTV staff have been involved in over 1000 arrests since April 2007
     The proposal suggest that the CCTV Manager, Gilly Gilbert is an extra person during the day.
     This is simply not true. Gilly has a job to do already. As well as CCTV, he is the Emergency
     Planning Officer and regularly attends meeting and visits away from the CCTV suite, as well as
     dealing with visitors at the suite and the administration related with his roles. He is not a spare
     part who can drop in whenever, though he will when he can.
     When the service was formed, it was double staffed all the time. Due to a best value report in
     2007, the service was reduced to single staffing except for „peak periods‟. This was about
     money. Since the review the double staffing at peak times has been eroded.
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      Now we are faced with a further reduction. This time the levels of service will undoubtedly fall to
      a level I am sure will be unacceptable to the people of Boston.
      So what has changed since the 2007 report? According to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith,
      „an economic downturn would place significant upward pressure on acquisitive crime and
      therefore overall crime figures.‟ The British Crime Survey, referring to crime trends states,
      „during 1990-92 the UK was suffering recession. This led to economic hardship which can be
      linked to increases in the levels of crime…..‟. „From 1996-97…..the economy was growing
      which is thought to have contributed to the decrease in property crime‟.
      In the Times newspaper on 1 September 2008, it is reported that ministers are bracing
      themselves for a rise in violent crime and burglary, and also hostility towards migrants. It also
      indicates 19% rise in violent crime and 7% in theft for this year.
      The Financial Times newspaper reported on 10 November 2008, „a dramatic increase in
      shoplifting as the economic downturn bites,‟ sighting Tesco with a 35% increase in the first half
      of 2008 and Iceland a 33% increase in physical assaults on staff.
      Lincolnshire Police East Division official figures show Boston has by far the largest area of
      reported incidents.
      What the Councillors face here is a decision of public wellbeing against a saving of £37,000. As
      representatives of the public, in a climate of economic downturn, which will most likely lead to
      more crime and disorder, you should put the public wellbeing first and reject this proposal.
      I am happy to meet with any Councillor to discuss this matter and I am sure the CCTV operators
      would also like the opportunity to enlighten you to the issues in CCTV.
7.    Stopping is not really an option                                                                       BIC
8.    An excellent service-should continue!
9.    It is a modern tool and a must.                                                                        FCC
10.   Now that CCTV is here it should not be stopped. The act of declaring that it would cease is an
      open invitation to increase the crime rate and more importantly could decrease the number of
      crimes solved. CCTV is a deterrent as well as a tool to catch criminals. Single staffing would
      not work either as screens would be left unattended when using the toilet or taking a break.
      Also what would happen in the event of sickness?
11.   Keep the cameras                                                                                       MP
12.   Do not remove CCTV cameras – we need them.
13.   It‟s in the wrong places, it is all around the shops but there are none around houses or in alleys.
      I don‟t like it, I don‟t feel safe.
14.   I think it does deter people from committing crimes
15.   It should be in alleyways because innocent people get mugged
16.   Felt strongly that CCTV coverage should continue                                                       FCC
17.   CCTV is very important not only in the practical way but also mentally it reassures folk they are
      safe. When money is tight crime rises if thieves think they can get away with it they will run riot,
      which will then increase costs.
18.   Deleting CCTV will make the streets unsafe and the only people who go for that option will be
      those not wanting to get caught. Make businesses pay to have their premises monitored
19.   I feel VERY STRONGLY that the CCTV should continue. AS a company we paid into the fund to
      start the CCTV and this has been a major positive for the town in terms of security for the public
      and shopkeepers.
20.   To do away with cameras would mean more and more crime
21.   I think it should branch off further into residential areas where people are walking home after        BC
      having a few drinks and causing trouble.
22.   In another Lincs town the police secured a conviction through CCTV, it reassured me about the          BC
      value of CCTV and highlighted the need for greater coverage.
23.   The CCTV makes me feel safer, but police would make me feel even safer. If there were more             BC
      police patrolling and had more cameras because police can‟t be everywhere. I know I would feel
      safer walking around town if there were more police.
24.   CCTV is good, but it can only pick it up afterwards.                                                   BC
25.   I don‟t know where CCTV is                                                                             BC
26.   There should be CCTV on the pathway between Asda and Carlton, because it is very funny, I              BC
      am from Poland and quite often I am afraid Polish people because they drink very often alcohol
      and they break the glass.
27.   And what about upgrading the CCTV system to the system that Humberside police use? It is               BC
      fully automated. Before they upgraded it took 5 days to go through 24 hours of footage, and it
      has been reduced to 22 minutes.
28.   An important service that needs to be kept                                                             BC
29.   More in town; on Friday and Saturday nights there are a lot of fights and stuff. Like down the         BC
      back of pubs and alleyways ... yeah
30.   All agreed it acted as a deterrent                                                                     BC
31.   If it got stopped as well, CCTV, there would be higher crime rates.                                    BC
32.   There isn‟t enough                                                                                     BC
33.   It should be all over                                                                                  BC
34.   CCTV should remain as it is now and the Council should look for “Partnership” funding or charge
      partners for the use of CCTV services.

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35. There should be CCTV elsewhere, like Woad Farm                                                         Snook
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36. Other than Fenside and the town and that there is no CCTV. Yet all of the taxpayers are                Snook
    funding it.                                                                                            er
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37. CCTV under one control, more concerns
38. Some of the funding for CCTV could come from the excessive amount made by the speed
    cameras in the area
39. Joint funding and single staffing
40. I don't think businesses should fund - only police and council.
41. I can not believe that in this day & age that CCTV coverage should be stopped. I feel much safer
    in Boston knowing that CCTV is there. We want more than less.
42. When these CCTV were put up they were to be manned by disable people looking for jobs to
    help them. Why has this been changed to the police to look after?
43. Fitter, younger pensioners could help with CCTV
44. Reduce numbers of cameras. Put up signs warning people they're being recorded, even if
    they're not. It's psychological.
45. Is there any proof it deters vandalism?
46. Local business and the police should pay for CCTV
47. On the whole, Boston Borough do a good job but must reach the people who cause the
    problems. Where it is the litter fly dropping or vandalism and the police must be encouraged and
    assisted to take a strict line. More school participation in the junior schools to help build a
    relationship that is viewed as friendly. Too late by the time they reach secondary school. In fact
    they could start at the nurseries!!
48. The criminals should pay for this service when convicted. Make those people claiming benefits
    WORK for Boston. Street cleaning/gardening/community service.
49. WITH THE CAPPING OF POLICE FUNDING IN 08/09 FUNDS FROM LRA ARE UNLIKELY
    LOCAL BUSINESS PAY BUSINESS RATES. COULD PART OF THIS RATE BE 'RING
    FORCED' FOR CCTV WITHOUT PURPOSING AN ADDED BURDEN OF 'CCTV TAX' ON
    HARD PRESSED SHOPS ETC.
50. Police and Council only should fund this
51. Maintaining CCTV is essential to the safety + security + wellbeing of all individuals in the
    community.
52. (in response to police option) Not much chance is there as their rate was capped and have a
    deficit
53. This service is really necessary.
54. Not necessarily an even split.
55. Would it not be possible to utilise money generated from speed cameras and fines to support
    Boston CCTV?
56. I feel very strongly that it should not be stopped as crime will increase if people know that they
    are not being watched & less likely to be caught.
57. I KNOW OF AN INCIDENT WHERE THE CCTV SAVED A YOUNG MAN A SEVERE BEATING
    BECAUSE POLICE WERE WATCHING ON CCTV AND CAME IN LESS THAN A MINUTE, 4
    LITHUANIANS WERE INVOLVED AND 3 WERE CAUGHT!!
58. THIS HAS BEEN KNOWN TO SAVE PEOPLE'S LIVES
59. The police and local business should pay for CCTV .
60. Joint funding with single staffing for CCTV.
61. People's fear of crime whether backed up by statistics or otherwise is a more important issue
    and losing CCTV would be detrimental to building good communities and as such feel that for
    the Council to even consider reducing or ceasing this provision is an short-sighted, to say the
    very least, on what really matters to people. It shows a lack of understanding and the
    unwillingness to listen to public demands to even suggest this proposal. I appreciate that the
    Council needs to make savings but are looking in the wrong place.
62. Please keep CCTV double manned as safety and security should be on the top of the agenda.
63. If CCTV closes we would be the only place in Lincolnshire without it. Where would all the
    shoplifters, armed robbers and muggings then take place.
64. CCTV is an integral part of our lives and funding should never be stopped for this vital service,
    alternate methods should be looked at if required, but to cut something that looks after our
    safety and well being and makes boston in general a better place is out of the question. It may
    look like an easy saving but imagine its your child / relative friend that needs the eye in the sky,
    see how you will feel when no one was around to help them, THINK and THINK HARD!
65. The closure of CCTV would be an insult to Boston. Where do your loyalties lie? Putting money
    into the white elephant AKA the Dabsi, but not helping to keep the people of Boston safe is
    despicable.
66. Funding the PRSA is non productive, more important matters are at hand, ie funding the CCTV
    department which contributes greatly to the personal well being and safety of all Boston citizens
    and visitors.
67. You need to keep cctv it has greatly improved the town I feel safe there.

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68. CCTV should continue to be double manned during peak times, the council should continue to
    fund CCTV, if the police funded CCTV it makes no difference as it all comes from the taxpayer.
69. I would like the cctv suite to continue to be double manned during busy times, I can remember
    how violent the town was at weekends before 1994. I myself was attacked on a Friday night and
    it still effects me now when I think about it.
70. KEEP CCTV IN BOSTON
71. Making the Police scape-goats for the Council‟s ineptitude seems laughable. So much for being
    committed to the safety of our community.
72. I think it is very important to maintain as much as possible the CCTV service in Boston.
73. I would be totally opposed to any reduction in the operation of the current CCTV system. As an
    ex-radio operator with Lincs Police, when there was a police control room in Boston, I can say
    from experience that many incidents were reported and monitored by the CCTV operators, thus
    enabling a rapid and correct response to control and curtail such incidents. The CCTV system
    gives me a feeling of security and safety in the town centre, and if it is reduced I would seriously
    consider whether I would be prepared to go into the town centre, or go elsewhere for shopping
    etc.
74. Boston needs the cctv with influx of foreign people especially, as every week we read the local
    papers with offenders named, and a good percentage of them do not have 'english' names, no
    cctv gives them a bonus to increase crime both foreign and british alike,
75. CCTV is vital to make the town safe for present, future and visitors to the town - all of which
    need encouragement.
76. CCTV I realise that the police budget is not great enough to satisfy them, but doesn‟t ratepayers
    already fund the police and CCTV is helping them do their job. Also if the police ran CCTV they
    might take more notice of the camera operators, we can‟t comment on the number of operators
    without knowing more about the tasks/workload.
77. I think the possible decision to stop funding CCTV is disgraceful. The Council is part of the
    Community Safety Partnership which has aims of creating safer communities. By
    stopping/reducing CCTV sends out completely the wrong message to the residents of this town.
    Alot of hard work has gone into reducing crime and this will be truly reflected if there are no
    CCTV cameras.
78. Keep CCTV, if you don't none of us will feel safe to walk the streets at all.
79. Has the CCTV in the town proved to be worth the cost? Payment by results!
80. Maybe compromise with police over Party in the Park police costs against CCTV costs.
81. Try and keep CCTV. The safety aspect for the public is very important.

82. Either reducing or stopping the coverage of CCTV or even single manning the control room
    would put Boston at great disadvantage in terms of trying to reduce crime or collecting evidence
    of crimes that take place within areas of the town covered by the CCTV. From first hand
    experience I know that the CCTV cameras and control room are a highly important part of the
    shopwatch scheme run in the town and are of great benefit to the businesses that use the radio
    link to CCTV and other shops. Removing or reducing the CCTV camera coverage and the
    operators that man the control room would put the shopwatch scheme at serious disadvantage
    in fighting retail crime and as a result the number of shoplifting incidents will most likely rise if
    the offenders know they will either not be tracked or CCTV operators will have a harder job
    tracking them, if the number of cameras are reduced or only a single person is manning the
    control room, once they leave a store. CCTV coverage is a great asset to the town and without
    it Boston would be at serious loss and disadvantage.
83. We have had a business in Boston town centre since 1980. When cctv was first started we were
    asked to contribute to setting up the scheme, with the Council undertaking to fund all ongoing
    expenses. We agreed to this and on receiving the cheque were issued with a window display
    sticker which we are still proud to display. The cost of £237,000 when divided by the population
    is a small amount to pay for a safer Boston. The Council should therefore continue to fund cctv
    and let everyone continue to benefit from our initial investment.
84. I think that stopping cctv or even cutting staff at cctv is ludicrous. We may as well hand the town
    over to the criminals. I would consider moving away from Boston with my family if CCTV was
    reduced. I don‟t always feel safe in town with the cctv, especially at night, so it would be awful
    without it.
85. My concern is that if it cannot find alternative funding the Council will close CCTV. I do not think
    this should happen under any circumstances. Any savings made would come at a cost to public
    safety. The police make many arrests because of our CCTV. If the department closes crime
    could increase and the number of criminals getting away with it will definitely increase.
86. Really shocked at the plans to cut back on CCTV. Boston does not exactly have the best
    reputation with regards to safety etc rightly or wrongly so. CCTV goes a long way in making me
    feel safe when I walk to the car after work particularly when it is dark and generally walking
    around the town and parking my car. I also think that it is a very good deterrent to petty crime.
87. It's clear that we are facing particular tough times with respect to the economy and I can
    understand why the council must cut back financially, however I fail to understand why such
    events like party in the park, and services such as cctv can even be considered. Surely party in
    the park if run properly should generate revenue not cost the taxpayer money. CCTV is a vital
    service as the Riot in 2004 proved, to do away with this service is madness, Perhaps the council
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        could consider fining individuals caught on cctv involved in crime to help pay for the upkeep of
        the service.
    88. CCTV is for all and the cost should be shared by all. The fairest way is for BBC to continue to
        fund CCTV and all ratepayers will then pay for the service.
    89. Revenue could be increased by using Traffic Wardens to offer on the spot fines for parking on
        yellow lines and other parking violations
    90. Please don‟t remove the CCTV cameras, our daughter was attacked by a woman as she walker
        from one night club to another recently, because the woman said my daughter attacked her they
        were both arrested and put in a cell my daughter was very frightened and traumatised by this
        experience. If it wasn‟t for CCTV coverage proving my daughters innocence she could have
        had a criminal record followed by losing her job and we would not have got house insurance as
        you are penalised for this if someone in your household has a criminal record. CCTV protects
        the innocent as well as convicting the criminal.
    91. Something needs to be done to ensure that we keep CCTV running in Boston. As a female who
        sometimes has to walk alone through Boston Town Centre at night, I feel safer knowing that
        there are CCTV cameras around the town especially when we don't have many Police Officers
        on the beat any more.
Other comments
    1. I don‟t think people should know where the CCTV is because then people will go outside of             BC
        where the CCTV is and crime rates will jump up outside of those areas
    2. CCTV is just really town centre and little bits springing off there                                   BC
    3. Personally, I think that local businesses should take responsibility for CCTV because they are        BC
        going to complain if it gets taken away. If their local shops get broken into they are going to be
        the first people who come to you and say ”well there‟s no CCTV” so I think they should be the
        main funders.
    4. And alternative funding is quite vague, where is this funding?                                        BC
    5. More lights round there too, there aren‟t enough                                                      BC
    6. How much of the business rates to local businesses pay towards CCTV? (Sent answer via email
        after making enquiries)
    7. Don‟t know enough about this to feel able to answer
    8. Yes that would be the best option.                                                                    BIC
    9. We pay through Council tax anyway                                                                     MP
    10. Police don‟t have the money either                                                                   MP
    11. West street should be monitored – no parking                                                         MP
    12. If you use CCTV to stop vehicles. Stop vehicles parking in bus lane – boots, stop vehicles           MP
        parking near fish shop. Use CCTV as evidence and convict.
    13. Looking for CCTV outsourcing costs and grants                                                        MP
    14. Outsource it                                                                                         MP
    15. PSO‟s need to have the power to issue parking tickets, and fines for littering                       MP
    16. Was it possible to get sponsors to help with the cost?
    17. The crime level and in Fenside, I think has dropped, would it save money to get rid of some of it    SC
        there?
    18. My bike got stolen in the marketplace near Marks and Spencers, but nothing happened even             HHS
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Appendix E: Parking Season Tickets extra comments
4. Parking Season Tickets                                                                               Group
Support proposals
     1. ticked support) but have a 1-4hr free park scheme like N.Yorks with a parking disc to           MP
          encourage others to visit
     2. I think you should have increased the cost of the season ticket long before now.
     3. Free park first hour                                                                            MP
Do not support proposals
     1. The proposal is an absolute disgrace! How come other boroughs charge much less for
          parking?
     2. I do not really support the proposal                                                            BIC
     3. This is a squeeze on people‟s budgets, especially at this time.                                 BIC
     4. Season ticket won‟t work                                                                        MP
     5. Approximately 15% increase in one year. This should have been implemented each year at 2-       MP
          3% in line with the economy
     6. It is bad timing with the credit crunch. A year ago it would have been on.                      Snooker
                                                                                                        Club
    7.  This is a pointless question as obviously all those who don't have to pay it will support the
        increase!
    8. Everybody should pay the same that why money is going down. Penalty tickets should be
        doubled.
    9. Do you want to drive people out of town?
    10. For £7,000 is it worth it
    11. Hardly worth it. Are you sure take up would not fall off reducing this gain even further?
    12. Look at more effective parking instead of increasing the charges.
Other comments
    1. those people who park there are probably more affected                                           BIC
    2. Although I support the proposal I do not actually agree with the concept of season tickets for
        parking but there is no alternative suggestion in the survey.
    3. We don‟t use the system. Why are there specific free council parking areas?
    4. How does this compare to purchasing daily tickets? Is it still cost effective? What are the
        alternatives for parkers?
    5. What or who are season tickets for? I can't comment in something I don't know about. Q5.
        (supported) as long as opening hours are realistic.
    6. I agree disabled should have priority parking spaces but why free? If its free for them what
        about free for pensioners who are also short of money living on government pension!! Why not
        charge disabled!!
    7. Season tickets why have these not been increased alongside often can parking fees, surely
        these saving will not meet the reports deficit and these are move fundamental questions to be
        asked ie can anything other than statutory services be provided (or should there be?)
    8. If the parking restrictions in town were enforced, the income would be sufficient to reduce
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Appendix F: Public amenities extra comments
5. Public amenities                                                                                             Group
Support proposal
     1. (ticked 1) for manned and upgraded, but better signage                                                  MP
     2. I don‟t think anyone would object to paying                                                             FCC
     3. People don‟t mind paying                                                                                FCC
     4. Public toilets are important. It is also important that they should be in an area that is close to
          shops and leisure and what better site than the park. However they should be free even if the
          toilets have an attendant.
     5. Supported but with reservations as to time.
     6. Providing the WCs are not closed early - as the park does in the winter!
     7. For pedestrians in Wide Bargate, eg on the Green on a Wednesday, going to the Park Gate is
          no problem, but the Cattle Market is easier for motorists. Should few motorists be using the
          cattle markets then I support the proposal.
     8. I support the proposal-for upgrading toilets at Park Gate. Long overdue. Also make a charge if
          heated.
     9. They are not even far away from each other                                                              HHS
     10. That‟s good                                                                                            HHS
     11. They are disgusting                                                                                    HHS
     12. They are revolting                                                                                     HHS
     13. An attendant will keep it better and clean                                                             HHS
     14. I rarely use the cattle market toilets                                                                 HHS
     15. I never use the cattle market toilets                                                                  HHS
     16. The park is beautiful and the toilets are a disgrace it would be great if the improvements go
          ahead
Do not support the proposal
     1. I use the toilets in the cattle market a lot and what would people do like taxi drivers and
          shoppers who need them. The park ones just need refurbishing to bring them up to standard.
          Why waste money and inconvenience the public (pardon the pun). Please leave our toilets
          alone!
     2. I suggest doing up park toilets is false economy and it is wrong to close market toilets which
          are likely to be more approachable by users.
     3. I think closing the Cattle Market Public Conveniences would be wrong. They are easily
          accessible for disabled drivers and passing traffic and market traders. The Park Gate Toilets
          do need improving but, they are not so easy to get to only on foot. The area is very busy with
          the Post Office and eating places, taxi rank and bus service. Therefore no parking facilities.
          Toilets need to be open. I think to pay 20p for use of facilities is fair.
     4. The toilets in the cattle market are probably safer                                                     BIC
     5. The cattle market should stay open. It is difficult that Asian ladies to go to the park toilets.        BIC
          They go to the market toilet as they feel safer there.
     6. The park area doesn‟t seem safe, some people make you feel uneasy and it is difficult to go to          BIC
          the park
     7. Appalled at the idea of the closure of Cattle market toilet closure. The park toilet is difficult for
          people like me to get to.
     8. Toilets should be retained at all current locations                                                     MP
     9. Please do not close any existing toilets                                                                MP
     10. Keep the toilets but have attendants                                                                   FCC
     11. I am definitely against closing them                                                                   FCC
     12. I have to plan journeys around being close to a toilet.                                                FCC
     13. I know it‟s not mandatory but out of common decency and it being a necessity for residents it          FCC
          should be kept open.
     14. People will start peeing up walls if toilets close.                                                    FCC
     15. You don‟t want to put people off coming into town                                                      FCC
     16. It seems senseless                                                                                     FCC
     17. It‟s the stupidest thing ever thought of                                                               FCC
     18. There is no concern for the elderly, disabled, drivers or market stall holders                         FCC
     19. They are some of the cleanest toilets in town. I can‟t express how stupid I think it is.               FCC
     20. Has a survey ever been done to find out how many people use the Bargate Toilets? The
          decision, surely, should be partly based on that result. Come to think of it do we even know
          how many users any of the toilets have? Don‟t forget that the Park toilets‟ opening and
          closing times are linked to those of the Park. If this isn‟t altered, it will lead that whole area
          without loos from the late afternoon during the winter months. I don‟t remember the result of
          any consultation saying that the public wished to see any of the present toilets closed. There
          is no mention of the Assembly Room toilets here. These too need refurbishment. Closing any
          more toilets will lead to a lack of places to “to go” and could work against Priority 2 “Improving
          the look and feel of the town centre” - some people may have to “go” where they shouldn‟t -

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    not a happy thought!
21. Do not close any toilets, just clean them up.
22. The park toilets close at dusk I assume the Cattle Market Toilets are open longer, so more
    convenient to all.
23. If the Council close too many toilets, then people are going to shop elsewhere. Unfortunately,
    Boston has empty shops now. Look at Alford and Horncastle for parking and easy access to
    toilets!
24. Retain the cattle market toilets.
25. Bargate Green toilet should be not closed it should be smartened up. Instead, and if a small
    charge is necessary, so be it. (Why is it we in Britain neglect our toilets so? People come into
    town and need these facilities.
26. Cattle Market toilets should remain open
27. I do not support the proposal to remove any public toilets
28. Closing the cattle market toilets would not be a good idea as workers, tourists and visitors to
    the town can pull up there and use the facilities, there is nowhere to park near central park
29. If one agrees to high quality public toilets, it infers that one agrees to closing the cattle market
    toilets. Conversely if one is against closing the cattle market toilets one is against high quality
    public toilets (Typical spin!) Designed to confuse
30. Please keep all toilets open and up to a decent standard. I personally have problems with
    having to buy 1/2 pint if beer to go to the toilet in a public house.
31. I would not shut the cattle market toilets as they are easily accessible when you are in a car
    and need to go quickly.
32. Support improvements to Park Gate toilets, but believe those in cattle market should remain.
33. The toilets in the park are in need of refurbishment, but should not be at the expense of the
    cattle market toilets being closed. Elderly and disabled people need both and families with
    small children.
34. CLOSING CATTLE MARKET TOILETS - A BAD IDEA - IF THE PARK TOILETS ARE THE
    ONLY ONES AVAILIBLE YOU CANNOT PARK NEAR THEM - WHAT CAN DIABLED
    PEOPLE DO? LOTS OF TOURISTA USE THEM IN THE SUMMER - WILL THE
    REFURBISHED ONES BE CLEARLY SIGNPOPSTED?
35. I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE PUBLIC TOILETS IN WIDE BARGATE STAY
    OFTEN AS THERE IS NO OTHER CONVIENIENT PLACE FOR MOTORISTS TO USE.
36. The cattle market toilets should not be closed.
37. I do not support the proposal-Open cattle market toilets at once
38. Bargate Toilets should remain open even if a fee is charged. When people come to Boston
    and park their car the first thing they need is the toilet.
39. No use when park closed.
40. New toilets at the park, very nice, but no doubt the public will have to pay! I find that a rip off
    and I think public will moan about it. Better to leave all toilets open as they are and 1 person
    clean all.
41. I would strongly oppose the closure of the Cattle Market toilets. It services the Cattle Market
    and also the Bargate Bridge Car Park. It a considerable walk from the Cattle Market to the
    park.
42. The toilets are the worst I have ever seen. Their dirty and it would pay you to charge 20p and
    have new ones done. I been to Spalding and their ones are a treat to go in and I sorry
    Skegness toilet are better than Boston I think you should be ashamed.
43. Why not keep all Boston Public Toilets but make them fee paying, 20p is not a lot to have a
    clean toilet.
44. Have toilets open longer, especially at Bus Station
45. I would like to see hooks on the inside of doors in all ladies toilet cubicles (like in the ones       MP
    near the assembly rooms) I do not like having to put my bags on the floor, which is often wet
    or dirty. (Also I have heard of people having bags snatched from under doors)
46. "When the Park Gate toilets are upgraded use the spare space in the old gents toilets as the           STAFF
    Tourist Information Centre".
47. Cattle Market toilets should be open on Wednesdays + Saturdays
48. If the cattle market toilets are open 24 hours they should be left open                                MP
49. I have never seen any cleaners.                                                                        FCC
50. The toilets are already closed by 5.30pm                                                               FCC
51. I go to Skegness and the toilets are beautiful and clean                                               FCC
52. The ones near CAB shut very early and are very dirty and not open early enough.                        FCC
53. What do you pay attendant for?
54. Boston toilets are perfectly adequate. Do not waste money.
55. The toilets under the Assembly Rooms are smelly not kept clean A difficult task as they are
    old It would be better to upgrade these toilets as they are central to the market Place. The
    toilets in the Park are also Disgusting I would support there renovation and the closing of the
    car park toilets
56. Agree that money should be spent on improving facilities, but feel that this should not mean
    closing certain facilities. We need to encourage people to shop in Boston and this will not be
    achieved by closing facilities which visitors have the right to expect. Improve all the toilets. If

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    we do not encourage people to visit, the shops that are currently closing because of the
    economic downturn will not re-open and Boston will become a ghost town. No mainstream
    retailer (or even small one-off retailer) is going to want to open a business in Boston if the
    footfall is not enough! People equal profit - and that is what businesses need.
57. I suggest attended toilets could be charged for excluding children, of course.
58. Toilets should be OPEN for use until approx 8pm when shops have closed especially summer
    time.
59. How will be public access improved toilets in the park when the park is closed?
60. In regard to the toilets we need convenience not inconvenience. Leave our toilets alone
61. Upgrade market place toilets why not charge 20p like Skegness. Park ones not always
    available out of park hours
62. If the public conveniences at Park Gate are developed, these should be separate access so
    that they can remain open when the park is closed. I suggest that you inspect the toilets in the
    sheep marketing Spalding which are ***** to anything in Boston
63. While I appreciate the park gate public conveniences are badly in need of an upgrade, there
    are a lot of people who use the ones on the cattle market. The Council wants to encourage
    people to come into Boston, surely we need these as well
64. Why not charge 20p to use the public toilets for able busy people and no charge for disable.
    What about changing amenities for people with young children
65. What about the toilets next to the assembly rooms? I am not sure because you've not included
    all the public toilets in the proposal.
66. I would like to see toilets manned and a charge made - as in Europe - I think most people
    would be happy to pay and keep clean well maintained toilets. This is very necessary
    especially for tourists.
67. Please also consider improving all remaining toilets, and charging public for use.
68. We don't want MIXED toilets. It's not fitting in this day, and disabled toilets should mean just
    that, not baby rooms, only for use for disabled people with a radar key, and one for men and
    one for ladies please
69. If the cattle market toilets are closed, closer parking will be essential at the Park Toilets for
    disabled people
70. I believe it would be better to have the Cattle market toilets manned and upgraded because
    they are in a car park instead of the park gate ones as the park is closed more often.
71. We have an aging population. Toilets need to be provided or older people will shop elsewhere:
    tourism could be affected.
72. The only suggestion of ''we have too many toilets'' has come from Councillors looking to save
    money, no consideration is being given to the elderly or people with young children what
    century are we living in? The existing toilet facilities are a disgrace to the town and should be
    replaced with 20p facilities as soon a possible. It is not right that we have to rely on the
    generosity of Oldrids. These are my thoughts but I doubt they will be read by anyone of
    authority or acted on.
73. YOU SHOULD BE IMPROVING ALL TOILETS NOT CLOSING THEM DOWN, THEY ARE
    WHAT THEY SAY A 'CONVENIENCE'
74. Enhancing the town? Not by closing toilets but by opening more! This one thing everyone
    needs and must have when they spend the day in town and as there are more older people
    this need is greater so if you want to get rid of the visitors close the toilets, They are difficult
    enough to find now put in the middle of car parks and vague signposting. I would much rather
    go to a town that provides plenty of good clean free toilets. If you require an example visit the
    toilets in this park below the castle in Tamworth. They are the best toilets in England and free!
75. Not enough toilets in town.
76. We moved to the town in part because of the PLENTIFUL CLEAN public toilets. This is no
    longer the case. Were we looking at the town now it is unlikely we would move here.
77. Public toilets, more not less, longer opening hours, look at other towns and see how they
    manage.
78. Whilst I agree that the toilets should be refurbished as the Assembly Rooms and park toilets
    are a disgrace, the Cattle Market toilets are more amenable and most probably more used
    than the other two, so I think these should be the ones to be kept open.
79. If the BBC's intention is to make the town more attractive to tourism, it would seem contrary to
    reduce access to the tourist information centre and further reduce the number of public
    conveniences. I believe this requires more careful consideration.
80. I am concerned that the opening hours of the toilets in the Park will not meet the Public's
    needs.
81. Public conveniences should not be manned by an attendant at all times - the Council cannot
    afford to provide this facility.
82. I don‟t support this proposal. Really we need to keep all our toilets. We don‟t know when we
    are going to need them
83. When the markets are on the stallholders will need them
84. Horrified at the suggestion of toilet closures and having manned (at times) Park facilities.
Other
    1. Park toilets have always been neglected.

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2.   Park toilets should be open at night for Mayfair.
3.   Teacher – some other councils have looked at paying local businesses to open toilets to
     the public. Oldrids, for example, might look at it if they are offered funding.




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Appendix G : GMLC extra comments
6. Investment in Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex                                                                    Group
Positive
     1. They won‟t be losing any service so it sounds fine                                                        BIC
     2. I agree with the proposal                                                                                 BIC
     3. Will not use but am happy with it for the benefit of others.
     4. It is good to see that the Council has recognised the value of the GMLC / pool to the community.
     5. I support the prospect of improvements to the GMLC and would suggest that reducing funding of
          the Princess Anne Arena might be a potential solution.
     6. The Geoff Moulder pool should be improved as a matter or importance, no other town has facilities
          as bad as us.
Against training pool closure but for refurbish
     1. Think about our future athletes                                                                           GMLC
     2. The children are representing Boston, not only locally, but Midlands and Nationally. If their times       GMLC
          are limited due to the combined pool we should have lengthy discussions and involve them.
     3. During the period it has been closed, we were forced to change our training times which caused            GMLC
          us great disruption.
     4. My son swims competitively for BASC therefore the changes made to the Geoff Moulder will affect           GMLC
          us greatly.
     5. Any closure, even for 6 weeks would affect our athletes.                                                  GMLC
     6. As the parent of a child who swims competitively for Boston amateur swimming club, my main                GMLC
          concern would be if both pools closed training would cease. My son has represented the club and
          Boston both regionally and nationally the last three years. Closure or limited training facilities
          would greatly hinder our athletes.
     7. Do not close any pools                                                                                    GMLC
     8. As the parent of a child who travels 52 mile round trip at least four times a week for my son to be       GMLC
          coached a high standard of swimming instruction, I am very concerned with your proposals. The
          children at BASC are in a safe and extremely positive environment for their vulnerable ages. They
          are kept off the streets in a constructive detailed training programme. I am worried you have
          shown no concern or positive attitude toward a strong children‟s development area and the only
          seem concerned with the over 65s not having heart attacks, even though they had abused their
          bodies all their lives!!!
     9. Having a vested interest in GMLC I would like to see continuation for BASC. Being the heaviest            GMLC
          user/customer of the facilities it is important that the facilities continue to provide a sustainable
          arena for the club to continue with the excellent work that is provided to all swimmers of the oldest
          swimming club within the Borough of Boston. The club continues to provide a safe haven for all
          members and promotes a self-discipline and health conscious environment for all swimmers at a
          high level
     10. You could publicise how money is spent at the centre. You should publicise the way money spent           GMLC
          at the centre, wages, heating etc, also split between main and training pool.
     11. You are demolishing a pool that is in continuous use in favour of one hardly anyone uses                 GMLC
     12. I strongly object to the demolishing of the training pool. As the parent of two swimmers, our            GMLC
          children are in the pool every night.
     13. My 9 year-old was swimming from 5.15am to 7.15am, and from 7pm-9pm. Some of the younger                  GMLC
          children will have to stop if the training pool is closed
     14. It was hell for 6 weeks while the pool was closed                                                        GMLC
     15. If a good idea to refurbish, but with alternatives to reducing pool space                                GMLC
     16. It was very quiet with only one pool, lots of people didn‟t come                                         GMLC
     17. Times are an issue, and facilities. The 20 m pool is unacceptable for the club it needs to be a          GMLC
          minimum of 25
     18. The toilets in the main pool area are open to the public. When a parent is a different gender to         GMLC
          their child they can‟t supervise. They are relying on other parents, whom they can never trust
          completely to do so
     19. Consult with the kids on further proposal – arrange a time at the pool when it will be most suitable     GMLC
     20. Children are having to swim later. This could lead them not being able to swim at all                    GMLC
     21. I can see why you need to save money but not reduce swimming areas                                       GMLC
     22. People are worried about the effect of even a short-term closure on GMLC, especially the training        GMLC
          squads
     23. Refurbish both and provide decent facilities                                                             GMLC
     24. I agree with the refurbishment but not closing the training pool. We need two 25 m pools, and a          GMLC
          teaching pool.
     25. The swimming club caters for people between the ages of four and 70. We need to look at the              GMLC
          health side of it. We have 40 members in the adult section.
     26. We will have to disband if we go down to one pool                                                        GMLC
     27. Aren‟t we supposed to be providing healthy activity.                                                     GMLC
     28. Other areas have at least two pools                                                                      GMLC
     29. The worst areas are financial and health                                                                 GMLC
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    30. Re Geoff Moulder swimming pool. Why demolish the training pool? That pool always has people
         in it whereas main pool is largely empty except when the swimming club are in there. If you
         propose to build a smaller training pool alongside the current leisure pool, consideration should be
         given to putting the public in that one when lessons are taking place or the swimming club are in
         the pool as they would make better use of it than a few members of the public. You should reduce
         the number of staff on duty. Other pools don't have as many as Boston. I hope that swimming
         facilities are not closed all together during any proposed construction works. Bearing in mind the
         swimming club provide a considerable income to the Council, their views should be a priority I feel.
    31. It cost 7 billion to 8 billion pounds for a new pool and all of the sake of a new roof                    MP
Against refurbishment
    1. I don‟t like the gym anyway, and the slide is the most popular thing, but if yu remove the slide then      U
         there will be nothing fun and nothing to excite the children. Where is the fun. My favourite part at
         swimming is going down the chute. Removing excitement for the child could be a bit boring. A
         child wouldn‟t probably want to go or most probably learn to swim.
    2. I am already a member and it doesn‟t need improving. Kirton Middlecott Gym does.
Other comments
    1. I have never used it and will not so I should not tick either box – obviously
    2. It depends on the environment                                                                              MP
    3. (ticked 1) I already use them regularly. Build a 50m pool at Peter Paine/Dabsi with National Sports        MP
         Funding
    4. We are already members of a gym and health club and attend regularly
    5. April 2009=free swimming for senior citizens-I do not agree it should be free-a normal swim should
         be charged. You appreciate what you pay for.
    6. Better facilities at the GMLC or anywhere else will not encourage me to take more exercise and
         although I agree with the proposal to invest I think cheaper facilities, possibly even free for those
         at school would be more likely to encourage people to use the facilities and participate in more
         exercise.
    7. The best time for closure for us would be over the summer holidays, but this would not be best for         MP
         everyone on holiday.
    8. Open shower areas                                                                                          MP
    9. Use pool covers                                                                                            MP
    10. Redesign and have one entrance for all                                                                    MP
    11. Staff always travel in pairs. Perhaps this new cost-cutting possibility                                   MP
    12. Close both and open a 50m pool at Dabsi                                                                   MP
    13. The pools don‟t even have automatic timing, meaning that we can‟t have any official meets                 MP
    14. Use open showers to reduce vandalism                                                                      MP
    15. The Wave Walkers were over-subscribed. Look at increasing the numbers be used to increase                 MP
         income
    16. Move the gym and use the other room for food etc when having parties. It is now only open for             MP
         one day a week and it‟s hard to get bookings
    17. The revenue from children‟s parties will be lost and the children enjoy them                              MP
    18. Make more efficient use of Creations                                                                      MP
    19. Lose some entrances, then you won‟t need as many staff. It‟s not secure as it‟s not manned in the         MP
         training pool
    20. Why do they close the pool at lunchtime. Especially over the school holidays, this is lost revenue        MP
    21. You should look at improving assets rather than selling off.                                              MPLP
    22. It would save money if there was a cover on the pool                                                      GMLC
    23. Why not look at a partnership? Kirton School is sports orientated. Boston College doesn‟t have            GMLC
         sport on their curriculum at the moment. The high school is moving to the grammar school site
         and it‟s not on their curriculum either
    24. The Boston Open Meet had to be held in Grantham. They had to hire Grantham and travel to hold             GMLC
         their own open
    25. Lincolnshire is the only county without a 50 m pool. We have to go to Peterborough for the                GMLC
         biathlon
    26. How much did it cost to build in the 70s compared to now                                                  GMLC
    27. Council paid for a consultant to discuss the new pool and didn‟t go-ahead. What a waste of money          GMLC
         and time
    28. Improvement in the swimming pool will not, I‟m sure, result in a significant increase in the number
         of swimmers and hence the finance, though saving should be made on the heating costs. The
         Council should not be running two fitness suites. If the fitness suite at Geoff Moulder is to continue
         as a social service then much more external funding should be sought. It is not the Council
         taypayers‟ role to fund the deficiencies in Health Service provision. I cannot swim and have never
         been an athlete but happily support the provision of a pool and the PRSA. Sports provision will
         never be profitable
    29. If we are embarking on the above (GMLC investment) why are we still financing DABSI - a private
         enterprise? We already are members of Fitness First.
    30. I exercise regularly without using GMLC
    31. Walking and cycling are free.
    32. Husband and wife REDUCED FEE would help too!! for the gym
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33. Better playing fields and parks in housing estates - Also more paths around Boston
34. Increasing charges at the leisure centre will surely result in poorer attendance people have a
    limited budget as well as council's.
35. I cannot swim despite trying over the years.
36. Larger changing facilities at gym
37. As a parent of children in our successful swimming club. I do not understand why the largest
    source of revenue at the Geoff Moulder are not consulted further about the proposal that could
    affect the clubs long term prospects. I believe the training pool should be improve with access
    through to the main pool, allowing for better use during competition; with a warm/up/down area.
    The spectating facilities need considerable improvement, as a club we have to hire another pool to
    host our own open meeting. \this in it's self is a huge loss in revenue to the Council. Ideally the
    upper (little used room) should be removed and staggered seating installed. To improve facilities
    why not offer franchised cafe, where pool can spend money!
38. As a parent who's children swim regularly in our club. I have concerns about the impact on the
    change + how this will benefit them
39. In the Boston Target of 3rd December 2008 it was reported that the training pool at the Geoff
    Moulder Leisure complex would be demolished. This is very short sighted. It just needs to be
    updated. It is an essential facility for clubs which can not all be accommodated properly in the
    main pool. ''Health promotion'' will not be best served!
40. There are lots of forms of exercise besides swimming
41. No free time and not enough cash after council tax, bills, etc.
42. Because I already exercise regularly
43. Regular exercise does not have to take place in a gym - a walk costs nothing! Having to sit in
    traffic for an hour to get to the pool would put me off going
44. I use Kirton Middlecroft. (Bladerunner). Bladerunner funding/contract should be reviewed (in
    response to GMLC Q)
45. I do not swim, and I exercise elsewhere
46. Why more money on another leisure complex? These places do not attract an "across the board"
    section of the community. It is the same people using them. I know people who won‟t go because
    they think you should be "posh" to go. Maybe a free T-shirt on registering may act like a school
    uniform and people will feel they are ok to attend.
47. I won't use it, but I think it is a good idea and will benefit others
48. Closing the pool for 1 hour has stopped me using the pool & I cancelled my membership please
    stop this initiative -you are supposed to encourage us, not put us off!
49. This does not affect me but I am all for good facilities being available for those who wish to use
    them.
50. Leading question - there are cheaper leisure centres about.
51. I do manual work so would not do exercise, but I do use the sauna (spa area) and find it in need of
    attention. A revamp there would be in credit as many people who use the spa area do not use it as
    much as they would like because of its condition.
52. I exercise in a different way.
53. Investment in Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex Better facilities will not encourage me personally
    to participate in regular exercise.
54. I visited Geoff Moulder Swimming Pool today (the day after it reopened). Although I didn't go in to
    swim (dropped the kids off) I was disappointed to see that the exterior remains unchanged. No
    new paintwork, no work on the shrubs etc, damaged areas still remain and it wasn't even cleaned
    on the canopy etc. First impressions last and it still looks an uninviting mess! How was the 2
    million spent if the basics weren't taken care of?
55. Fund our town centre swimming pool.
56. If Boston Borough Council is so strapped for cash, why are we pouring so many thousands of
    pounds into DABSI arena, when the GMLC is falling apart. I was a staff member of 5 years there,
    only 1 day off sick and only late once... I was recently made redundant and not even given a letter
    saying thankyou... gratitude for you... All that pool required was perhaps £100k to give it a new
    face and repairs. Even with Boston being famous for the wrong reasons as second fattest town in
    England... I hear plans of closing the training pool of Olympic heroes I previously trained with. Why
    arent we spending money in the right places... healthy people are happy people!!!
57. Better facilities at GMLC would not encourage to use it as it would mean having to come into
    Boston.
58. Probably not, but I don‟t like swimming
59. I would go to the new swimming pool for a bit, but it would slowly stop.
60. I haven‟t been there for 3 years
61. No I haven‟t been there for ages either
62. My mum goes there every week
63. I don‟t like swimming
64. I just go to the Princess Royal
65. We‟d go when it first opened, but the novelty would wear off and we‟d stop going




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Appendix H: Boston Matters extra comments
7. Boston Matters                                                                                    Group
Option 1
     1. If it is going to save between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds then I think Option A                BIC
Option 2
     1. With magazines and leaflets it‟s a waste. Might as well put it in the paper instead of       U
         wasting money on a separate document. You are cutting out the costs of the
         magazine, extra paper. It‟s pointless putting the magazine in the paper or through the
         post as no one reads it. If we are not interested we won‟t bother buying the paper and
         then you are not forcing it onto everyone else.
     2. Would like to receive info on a specific page in the press once a fortnight.                 FCC
     3. Everybody gets target so every other option is throwing away monies
Negative
     1. Magazine is a sheer waste                                                                    MP
     2. I consider these Magazines and Supplements only as a "Look How good We Are
         Exercise". A waste of money. Issue nothing
     3. Tick Box 4: Send a magazine ONCE A YEAR with the Council Tax demand.
     4. No magazine.
Other comments and suggestions
     1. You could use paper to remind them.                                                          BIC
     2. Sell advertising better and fund completely from that.
     3. You don‟t need to remind them.                                                               BIC
     4. Instead of Boston Matters, people could be informed by letter that information can be        BIC
         accessed via the web.
     5. If, for example on a bank holiday people need to know the bin days, and it‟s easy to         BIC
         find on the website then you won‟t need to send out leaflets.
     6. People should be encouraged to go on the website. You could send them e-mails                BIC
     7. 4 times a year is good, or 3 times a year                                                    MP
     8. For communicating there should be a database on who can be contacted regularly by            BIC
         e-mail
     9. This is a problem. It is far too professional and looks more like a professional journal
         than an information sheet. I used to produce a newssheet for a council that came out
         six times a year and cost less than £2000 including delivery. It was popular and well
         read because it was easy to read. It could be read when having a cup of tea without
         too much effort.
     10. Not bothered about having it delivered quarterly in magazine form (as at present).          FCC
         Not much of interest in it.

     11.   What about having a page in County News?                                                  FCC
     12.   Boston Matters is a useful document but can't it be funded by adverts
     13.   Advertising in the paper will reduce the cost.
     14.   Also, keep your website better up-to-date with a news team
     15.   Internet
     16.   Why not email? less paper etc
     17.   None, Emailing it (why no box for this option)
     18.   We don't get local press delivered so why can't you publish it on a website?
     19.   Retain existing system
     20.   Fortnightly is too often. No more than once a month
     21.   Email the magazine
     22.   Putting information on a website so there are no delivery fees or press costings - free
           for all residents to access.
     23.   Local paper delivery very erratic. The cost is a drop in the ocean compared to the
           households it will reach.
     24.   WOULD RATHER YOU PUT INFORMATION ON THE BBC WEBSITE
     25.   Magazine four times a year to door.
     26.   WE DONT GET A FREE PAPER
     27.   Use the Target
     28.   Whichever option is cheapest.
     29.   We always read local target paper so would be more likely to read Boston Matters
           information this way.
     30.   Re the magazine Boston Matter! You are totally ignoring the rural community who do
           not get the FREE Newspaper delivered, if they want a FREE paper they have to pay
           for it!! This is grossly unfair!!!!!!!!!!!
     31.   Boston Matters - this should be online rather than paper form.



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Appendix I – Funding voluntary groups
8. Voluntary groups                                                                                        Group
AGREE WITH PROPOSAL
     1. Yes I agree with this proposal
     2. Good idea. Organisations such as Endeavour FM should be supported to help unite people of
         all ages as well as give great training to those wanting to get into radio broadcasting
     3. It is a good idea
     4. I Believe the council should continue to fund the voluntary sector; However a particular group
         or organisation should be required to prove that its work in the community is having a positive
         and worthwhile effect. Organisation that can't prove their activity's are in anyway beneficial
         should not be funded.
     5. This sounds a fair proposal
     6. Agree entirely
     7. Yes they should demonstrate what they do
     8. Agree the voluntary sector locally needs to be monitored for funding purposes.
     9. good idea
     10. Good idea
     11. I support this proposal, having looked at some of the work the voluntary groups do I think they
         are very good for the community. External funding should be encouraged.
     12. Sounds like an excellent plan! Have a much smaller funding pot and get people to bid for the
         money competitively. Also provide further help and guidance to the third sector by signposting
         them more effectively to alternative funding through your website or a part time dedicated
         Officer- at a cost of much less that £166,000 a year!
     13. Agree with Council stance
     14. I agree more funding should be sourced outside of Boston Borough Council
     15. I agree but funding should be to a maximum of 50% of monies raised by said organisation
     16. I agree provided the demonstration required of them is not so onerous that it distracts them
         from their core tasks.
     17. A jolly good idea...
     18. I am happy to fund if they add value to the council objectives
     19. A good idea.
     20. Sounds good
     21. I agree with the proposal
     22. I think this is a good idea as it shows people that the money s going to a good cause.
     23. We agree
     24. I believe that all voluntary groups should continue to receive funding if they can prove that
         their work has a positive outcome
     25. I agree with the above statements
     26. Broadly in favour of the proposal
     27. Good idea
     28. I SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL
     29. Voluntary groups should present a reasonable case when they apply for funding
     30. Agree with the proposal
     31. A good idea
     32. Seems very sensible
     33. MORE CLARITY ON WHAT GROUPS ARE SUPPORTED BUT GENERALLY WOULD
         SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL
     34. Support
     35. A good proposal. More could be done for the elderly as I am one I find that most of the
         voluntary work for the elderly seems to be different churches. As I have no loyalty to any one
         religion I find it difficult to mix with people of similar age and needs
     36. It sounds like a very good idea
     37. I agree with this proposal
     38. Funding to continue as long as any schemes would be open to all residents, and not aimed at
         specific sections of the public.
     39. Its a very important part of the community and every effort should be made to support the
         continuing good work and promote good will throughout our community
     40. I agree with A above (For funding to continue voluntary organisations will have to demonstrate
         how the work they do is helping to build a sense of community and civic pride, and belonging
         among all of our residents).
     41. The condition for the funding seems fair to me
     42. The above proposal sounds fair.
     43. Continue to fund the voluntary sector especially local charities.
     44. COUNCIL SHOULD SUPPORT LOCAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
     45. FUNDING SHOULD CONTINUE AND DIRECTED TOWARDS THOSE VOLUNTARY
         ORGANISATIONS WHO MANAGE THEIR RUNNING COSTS BUT REQUIRE A GRANT
         FOR EQUIPMENT WHERE LOCAL FUND RAISING CANNOT REACH THE TARGET.
     46. THEY SHOULD DEMONSTRATE HOW THEY WORK, WHAT THEY DO AND HOW
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      FUNDING WOULD BE SPENT - FUNDING FOR SCOUTS/GUIDES SHOULD BE GIVEN
      PRIORITY THEY GIVE CHILDREN A BETTER START IN LIFE ABND A CREDIT TO THE
      COMMUNITY
47.   I THINK THE PROPOSAL IS QUITE RIGHT, BECAUSE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND
      CIVIC PRIDE IS IMPORTANT
48.   I AGREE WITH THIS PROPOSAL
49.   Agree
50.   I would support the new approval
51.   The proposal is perfectly reasonable
52.   Continue to support but with less funding
53.   I BELIEVE THAT VOLUNTARY WORK IS IN ITSELF A SAVINGS AND SHOULD BE
      CONTINUED AT AROUND £160,000 PER YEAR - I AGREE THAT VOLUNTARY
      ORGANISATIONS SHOULD JUSTIFY THEIR EXISTANCE
54.   Sounds ok - business should be encouraged to get involved.
55.   I agree. Contributions should be made to groups who show they are used by a wide group.
56.   Approve
57.   I agree with funding voluntary groups as long as they help the community and demonstrate
      they are run properly and the money is spent accordingly.
58.   The voluntary sector should have funding if they are helping people not as you have stated.
      Voluntary organisations are often better and cheaper at providing services to groups of
      people. They are people in the community, its the individuals need that is often the factor that
      brings people together. I support money being spent on vetting the voluntary groups to make
      sure money only goes to groups who prove themselves, and those who are genuine.
59.   ok
60.   Agree
61.   If the voluntary groups are helping the community then they should be given funds to help aid
      society
62.   Voluntary organisations are important in a relatively small community like Boston. However,
      the Council must make efforts to ensure that their investments are used appropriately and the
      organisations must be able to demonstrate what they would use the investment for and how it
      would benefit the community at large.
63.   Strongly agree
64.   I agree. They must demonstrate they are working for the whole community
65.   To carry on funding but with guidelines to be adhered to
66.   Continue funding but the organisations should show that they have a real need; show that
      they have possibly exhausted all other sources; show how they propose to use the funding
      and that there will be no unnecessary expenditure
67.   I agree that they should do things for community and civic
68.   Agree. Voluntary organisations will have to demonstrate how they contribute to build sense of
      community.
69.   Continue to fund voluntary groups which serve the whole community.
70.   Continue with voluntary funding
71.   I think this is a good idea as it shows people that the money is going to a good cause.
72.   We agree
73.   I think the proposal made is very good and I do believe the voluntary sector should show what
      it is doing to help the community
74.   I believe that all voluntary groups should continue to receive funding if they can prove that
      their work has a positive outcome
75.   I agree with the statement
76.   I agree with the above proposal
77.   Broadly in favour of the proposal
78.   Voluntary groups should present a reasonable case when they apply for funding
79.   Good idea
80.   Agree with the proposal
81.   Continue with funding
82.   A good idea
83.   Seems very sensible
84.   ALL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WISHING FOR FUNDING SHOULD DEMONSTRATE
      THEY ARE WORTHLY OF SUCH SUPPORT
85.   I AM SURE THE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS DO A GOOD JOB AND SHOULD
      CONTINUE TO BE PART FUNDED
86.   IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A WAY OF BOSTON PEOPLE TO BE INVOLVED IN ORGANISING
      AND RUNNING ALOT OF THEIR SPORTS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS TO BE ABLE TO PUT
      SOMETHING BACK INTO THE SPORT THEY HAVE ENJOYED
87.   Different to go firm on a proposal but I think your last sentence is a reasonable stance and I
      would support such a policy
88.   Many Voluntary Organisations are eligible to apply for grants from all sorts of charitys etc. I
      agree with the above proposal, but think the Council should offer a service to these
      organisations filling out application forms for grants from other sources.

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89. I agree that Voluntary organisations should demonstrate how they build a sense of community
     BUT some work has to be done to help them integrate. This will NOT necessarily belong
     amongst all **** but will work towards all.
90. Needs to provide positive community cohesion to be funded
91. For all residents not just a small minority then some funding should be provided
92. Providing organisations prove how they build a sense or community and civic pride.
93. I agree all funds should only go to recognised, justifiable causes.
94. Yes I believe that any group that receive money from the Council should first prove that they
     are doing is a benefit to the community as a whole and not just for a few.
95. Yes I believe that any group that receive money from the Council should first prove that they
     are doing is a benefit to the community as a whole and not just for a few.
96. I would agree with the proposal providing the BBC was to take the lead and ….. the voluntary
     sector and offering external funding
97. Agree with "will have to demonstrate how the work they do is helping build a sense of
     community and civic pride, and belonging among all of our residents.
98. Without a voluntary sector many people would be unsupported. However the work carried out
     is costly even with unpaid workers. I feel strict criteria has to be applied to organisations for
     them to qualify for funding. They must evidence results and expenditure and only viable, well
     used organisations should receive funding. The CAB should be centrally funded.
99. As a member of a committee running and managing a hall for hire I feel it is necessary for all
     voluntary organisations to show why they need the funding and exactly what it will be used for,
     or towards any costs.
100. I agree with the proposal
101. Sounds a good idea
102. The organisations must show that there is a real NEED for their services
103. Any continuing funding should only be granted if the benefits can be proven
104. I entirely agree with the above proposal
105. Agree
106. Agree should be asked to justify funding
107. I agree with this statement
108. I agree with the Councils proposals
109. I agree
110. Jolly good idea
111. A clear understanding by way of written documentation & proof, can only demonstrate the
     reasons why these charities receive their contribution. Proof will also discourage bogus
112. I am for voluntary groups so long as the money is put to good use and its not the same people
     giving all the time, and it is used wisely where it is needed.
113. I agree with the principal of demonstrations of the work being useful
114. No objection it is supporting voluntary groups providing they are sensible.
115. I agree with the proposal
116. It sounds good to me, so yes!
117. Seems alright
118. I agree on this proposal, proof of ideas & projects working or not are answered when talking to
     the individuals themselves
119. I agree with the continued support of the voluntary sector and the other part of the proposal
120. Voluntary organisations tend to place some degree of reliance on support from statutory and
     official bodies. I agree there is a necessity for such support to be earned by a demonstration
     of loyalty to the community in general.
121. I agree
122. Proof of efficiency is essential
123. I agree with your proposals - ie that funding will be forgotten at those organisations that are
     doing something for the local community
124. Continue with the funding but check the results
125. I am supportive - any funding provided by the Council is coming from community offers and
     should be back into the community external funding should be maximised.
126. I think this is a good idea
127. This seems reasonable
128. I think the Voluntary work is fantastic in Boston and providing they show people they are
     helping the community they should continue to get help
129. I agree with the above proposal
130. ok
131. We support the proposal to support the Voluntary Sector
132. I support this proposal
133. AGREE WITH THE PROPOSAL
134. Agree, anybody receiving funding of any sort should show what they are doing with it!!
135. Full agree with any accountability. Public money must be put to best use but this must not be
     allowed to become an onerous paper exercise which can be offputting for some small yet
     deserving organisations.

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136. ok
137. I WOULD AGREE THAT ANY VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS SEEKING SUPPORT
     SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY MONITORING
138. Agree with proposal
139. I believe this to be a good proposal with the possibilities of increasing the funding as well
     through external sources with the good work already being done.
140. As a voluntary organisation worker I would agree that organisations have to demonstrate how
     funding is being used or to be put to use.
141. Funding shouldn‟t be easily obtained and I am in favour of stringent setting.
142. Funding should be targeted and relevant to the needs of the whole community.
143. I agree that voluntary organisations should demonstrate how they are working to build a sense
     of community and civic pride. A lot of council funding is being wasted on group(s) that give
     nothing back to the community.
144. If the voluntary sector holds out their hand to help then the Council needs to know what they
     use it for and how much they themselves spend/give to their organisations, also does the
     voluntary organisation help Boston people or go elsewhere
145. I support this decision. It is also important that the voluntary sector has access to other forms
     of funding, knowing where to go to get this information. LCVYS – Lincolnshire Council
     Voluntary Youth Services often send out info to their partner groups/member groups on
     sources of funding and grants. Information on voluntary organisations and how they have
     spent funding could also be included in the local press, fortnightly on the Council Matters
     page.
146. Agree with proposal.
147. I support this proposal with proof of the work they do.
148. I would fully support the Council continuing to fund voluntary groups as I believe they play an
     important part in the community and are often under-valued. I believe that most voluntary
     groups would be happy to supply the information requested in order to continue to receive
     funding.
149. Needs to be „sense of belonging‟ by all residents. There is little mixing and it can seem that
     the people moving into the area are more welcome than those who already live here. All
     residents should take pride in their environment – a big clean up and hefty fines for spoiling it
     may be needed in some areas.
150. The Council should know how and when money is spent to see that it is used correctly
151. I think that the voluntary groups should have to provide evidence that they are supporting          BIC
     community spirit
152. Support the idea                                                                                    MP
153. I agree with the proposal
154. Agree                                                                                               MP
155. If it‟s a good idea, do it. But look closely at it                                                  MP
156. Voluntary Groups such as the CAB are an important part of any community especially in the
     current crisis and should have some funding from the public purse providing what they do is
     for the community eg the elderly, the children, the unemployed and the not so fortunate in
     certain walks of life. External funding is important too because the act of raising funds also
     brings the community together providing that the work being done is thought to be of value.
     Again in these times raising money externally is going to be hard work.
157. The aforementioned proposal should work with the understanding that organisations and
     people would be accountable for any money provided by the Council. Also, Boston as a town,
     along with its culture should come first. Individual/small community funding should benefit all
     residents. Boston appears fractured enough without a sense of its heritage.
158. I agree that organisations should demonstrate the work they do for funding to continue
159. Agree - if no local benefit, organisations should not receive funding
160. I agree! External funding requirements are the best way forward. Some sort of ranking and           GMLC
     key performance indicators should be assessed to ensure funded voluntary organisation
     demonstrate value to the community
161. Funding should continue, but the organisations should be held the more account upon which           GMLC
     way funds are spent
162. I think the Council should save money every which way at the moment.
163. £166,000 is too much for a town the size of boston to support. More effort needs to be put into
     acquiring funds from external agencies. The council should aim for a 66% saving in this area.
164. Voluntary sector support should be only to those organisations that support the community, or
     the widest community. Not for minority community sector which only benefits the few. Why
     should council tax money support those organisations that only benefit the fewest local
     people.
165. I think the proposal made is very good and I do believe the voluntary sector should show what
     it is doing to help the community
166. ALL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WISHING FOR FUNDING SHOULD DEMONSTRATE
     THEY ARE WORTHLY OF SUCH SUPPORT
167. Voluntary organisation should show their contribution
168. Council should facilitate access to external funds

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169. TOP PRIORITY FOR VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO DEMONSTRATE FULLY TO JUSTIFY
     FUNDING
170. Certain charities and voluntary groups are very much polarized around the 'pet' objective of
     certain, strong-minded, individuals. Therefore, this idea of insisting on an element of
     "accountability" is a good one.
171. GET EXTERNAL FUNDING FROM VARIOUS GOVERMENT BODIES
172. SHORT TERM FUNDING CAN THROW SMALL VOLUNTARY GROUPS INTO CHAOS.
     FUNDING SHOULD WORK AT LEAST 12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE, TO FOLLOW
     ALTERNATIVES TO BE SOUGHT (OR ON ORDERLY CLOSURE) IN THE COUNCIL
     DECIDES TO WITHDRAW FUNDING
173. THIS TO ME SEEMS A FAIR PROPOSAL
174. £166,000 of taxpayers money! Why is there any need to give it away, these people are
     volunteers they do not receive wages? I would suggest the biggest part of the money goes on
     superfluous administration inflated mileage claims and free meals to the so called patrons who
     actually contribute nothing but a lot of opening speeches etc. Seeing what is actually done
     with this money is long overdue as long as its done without it ending up costing more than it
     actually saves which is what usually happens.
175. The Council should develop and publish a robust criteria for voluntary sector applications.
     Historic support is not sufficient grounds neither is a 'personal' interest from Council members.
     The groups must show and evidence that they have, and will continue to contribute; to the
     benefit of Boston and that they have been proactive in attracting funding from a variety of
     sources. The organisation's future strategy and predicted outcomes should be clearly outlined
     with any application for funding.
176. To expect funding the volunteer sector must be seen to be beneficial and getting results
177. If funding is required, they should explain why they need it and how it will be used. Also giving
     ideas on how to raise funding e.g. sponsored swims at GMLC would increase the funding and
     use of the complex but not necessarily 'cost' the Council money. Promotion of events such as
     this through the Council's buildings would help the charity and promote what the Council has
     to offer. Sponsored walks are good for health and raising funds. An entrance fee of say £3
     with a guide to what you can see on the walk would mean getting fit, raising funds for charity
     and covering the Council's costs. No one has money to throw around these days so a small
     amount for something we 'should' be doing anyway strikes me as a good idea.
178. I understood that the council had received significant levels of funding for community
     cohesion. This money should be spent through voluntary sector organisations who are offering
     innovative and interesting projects which offer something new for Boston.
179. Certain groups must be supported. However any group that is funded must be available to
     ALL members of the community and not to a select few. Groups that only cater for minority
     members of the Borough and not accessed by everyone should not use tax payer‟s money to
     support. Funding must be current in terms of offering a service that is not presently supported
     or expected from local authorities, and in line with current national financial challenges.
180. Sensible idea for the Council to focus its support for voluntary organisations in line with its own
     priorities. You don't say where the 'external funding' is coming from.
181. Seems fair provided it is a level playing field. Think how much better the borough would have
     been served if the vast sums of money poured into the PRSA or Haven Gallery had been
     directed to voluntary groups on a delivery KPI basis?
182. This funding must be vigorously controlled to ensure that any funding does benefit the whole
     community, not just one ethnic community. It should be to support sensible and viable
     voluntary purposes, ie say the elderly or vulnerable children, not just to throw money at, say,
     people who could perhaps give to society rather than take!
183. That there could be some consolidation of voluntary service provision and that yes, voluntary
     organisations receiving Council funding should have to (with support from the Council)
     demonstrate that the work they do contributes to the development of community health &
     strength.
184. I agree, you can't issue money without understanding how it is going to benefit the community
185. The voluntary sector implements vital support to residents throughout the Borough, and I
     would urge continuing support of these groups. However, it may be necessary to be selective
     of the groups supported, and they should up together a robust request for funds, which should
     be monitored to ensure they deliver as per the remit submitted.
186. Funding for the voluntary sector needs to be clearly linked to the Community Plan and needs
     to be closely monitored with specific realistic targets. If not achieved funding should be
     reduced / withdrawn.

187. Proof of benefit to the community is essential to avoid a succession of ''bleeding heart with
     lists'' which do little more than give the organisers an exaggerated idea of their own
     importance
188. The idea to support council funds other than from council funds is excellent. If such funding is
     not found then the level of 2007/2008 should be frozen for at least 5 years
189. Any support to voluntary sector should be carefully considered before any money is
     committed. Any group receiving support should be closely monitored, that it's value for money,
     and a service to a number of people not just a few.
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190. I believe if local money is being given then the beneficiaries should show what benefits there
     are to the community. What about involving college students and schools more?
191. Voluntary groups need to demonstrate that money they receive is spent productively.
192. I think they‟re right in saying they should prove it.                                                  U
193. We support the proposal
DISAGREE WITH THE PROPOSAL
1. Every effort should be made to support the voluntary work these groups do. Finding external
     funding would be a problem during the current economic downturn.
2. This is a far cheaper option than having to pick up the pieces if the voluntary sector wasn't
     there.
3. Too much is expected of voluntary groups and aid should continue for them
4. Voluntary groups do need council support and difficult to see how CAB which is needed would
     fill above criteria
5. PROPER CENTRAL FUNDING OR ESSENTIAL FACILITIES SHOULD BE THE OBJECTIVE
     ANY RIGHT THINKING ADMINISTRATION
6. As more people are made redundant the opportunities within the voluntary sector will be vital
     for the mental and physical well-being of those recently unemployed. In addition these
     voluntary organisations will surely have more demands made upon them and will need the
     security of stable funding to ensure flexible yet thorough support
7. It is often the voluntary sector who create improved social conditions for the vulnerable, the
     elderly and those of other nationalities. Their funding should continue, at least at the current
     level, in order to recognise the hard work and dedication of the volunteers. If you feel the need
     to task the voluntary sector to demonstrate their contribution to our society then I suggest that
     you have failed in your civic duties to be aware of their impact.
8. I have always felt the need for the voluntary sector, they all do a wonderful job in whatever
     part they play. I do believe that in the giving of their time and energy they receive far more in
     return (not financially but spiritually). I would like to see our councillors once in a while doing
     unpaid work in the public sector, so they may have insight into how wonderful these people
     are and also the people that they serve.
9. I am not in favour of external funding but do support the need to demonstrate how the funding
     helps a sense of community
10. I think the council has a obligation to 100% funding and not try to save money through
     external funding.
11. We understand that charities get shops rent/ council tax free. If this is the case then it should
     be stopped. But be charged for example half of what the shop should be if used by a
     commercial company
12. Continue as it present within reasonably amounts.
13. The council should continue to give full support to voluntary organisations
14. Removing this support would be a disgrace - yes the council's rate relief is higher than that of
     other councils (apparently), but the council provides very little facilities otherwise. The mainly
     voluntary system here has resulted in excellent, excellent, facilities for tennis, cricket, squash
     amongst other sports in the area. The voluntary group I am involved in receives very little
     support from the council other than through this, so the very least the council can do is
     continue to provide this. This "external funding" would almost certainly mean yet more hoops
     and paperwork for volunteers to go through, which would cause many to just give up. If the
     council did this it would be effectively committing itself to Boston establishing itself as the
     fattest town in Britain - is that what it wants?
15. It is very difficult to recruit volunteers for charity work and they already have to fill in a lot of
     paperwork to comply with regulations and to do even more work proving what they already do
     is another added burden when really everyone knows what good work they do. They should
     be given the support to continue their work without having to prove what we know.
16. The council should fund voluntary work which benefits the community. However asking
     voluntary organisations to demonstrate how their work benefits people serves to do nothing
     more than create more unnecessary paperwork. Surely the council should know from the
     outset if the organisation is a worthwhile one before they fund it?
17. I think it is important that the council keep tight reigns on the money which is given to
     voluntary groups. Too often we see money which is meant to be used for good work ending
     up in the pocket of administrators or mangers who act on the fringes of these organisations.
     So I am happy with the proposal but ensure that the money is use correctly. Voluntary means
     voluntary
18. cut all spending on voluntary groups
19. Whilst the council is in a current economic crater! no monies should be spent on any non
     essential services including any voluntary organisation,PRSA,etc
20. Drop all the funding, then assess the "fall out" and aim to hit approx 50% current levels.
21. Forget this scheme
22. Fund themselves
23. Voluntary groups are voluntary - so no council monies
24. Stop the funding altogether. People should be able to look after themselves. These schemes
     only 'benefit' the minority while the majority have to pay for them in increased council tax.

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25. If you say these are voluntary then how come you are still spending £166,000 per year.
    Voluntary is voluntary in my mind and should be self funding
26. Voluntary work should be what it says. Voluntary work should be unpaid
27. The voluntary sector should find its own funding.
28. Not sure that £166,000 is enough to help this sector.
29. Voluntary organisations should be self funding and not rely on council funding
30. Stop giving funds to White Elephants like the Princess Royal Complex, Haven Gallery for a
    start
31. It was appalling how the inept performing controlling group support there leaders pet projects.
    Do they think money grows on trees?
32. There should be no funding unless it is for local people
33. Voluntary is voluntary. It should not be forced on us to support any funding.
34. Voluntary groups are voluntary - so no council monies
35. Hard times Reduce to about £40,000 or even less.
36. We understand that charities get shops rent/ council tax free. If this is the case then it
37. It sounds as though, if care is not taken, the more eloquent and P.C the submission for
    money, the more likely it is to be given + regardless of its worthiness.
38. As a member of the Salvation Army we fully support the continuation of funding to the
    voluntary sector. However, we are concerned as to the condition attached to this continuation
    - will it entail endless, complicated form-filling leading some groups not to apply?
39. To cut funding is to punish volunteers rather than provide them with the support they need to
    carry on their work. I strongly disagree with any proposal to cut funding. I have more contact
    with volunteers in the community than I do with council's efforts
40. Leave things as they are. Why change for the sake of change?
41. Voluntary orgs. Should be about aiding people, personally or environmentally. Building sense
    of community etc is just a lot of meaningless sound bites. Judge them on their results in
    improving people's circumstances!
42. If possible the voluntary sector should be supported as most voluntary organisations already
    show they have a sense of community + civic pride without more paperwork
43. Support for voluntary organisations is very important. The scope of which is far beyond the
    statement above. The Council needs tight control and very careful consideration when
    deciding the validity of financial support but does need to support worthy causes.
44. Continue of funding for these voluntary organisations is important. I would be concerned if the
    desire to control costs head to more stringent criteria where ultimately it is down to the
    members of the public to contribute more.
45. In what ways could the voluntary sector have to demonstrate the achievement of the criteria
46. Who assesses whether or not they are building a sense of community
47. Minimise funding and concentrate on statutory requirements.
48. There are too many restrictions on funding support for voluntary organisations who are
    supporting the community. If the value of these organisations is already recognised then
    surely they have already demonstrated how their work helps build community? Why ask them
    to prove what they can already do and what the community has already vouched for?
49. This seems reasonable
50. Support to voluntary sector should continue with or without external funding. Business sector
    should continue and claim tax relief
51. I do not think funding for voluntary groups should continue if other essential services are to
    suffer through lack of finances available
52. This will only make it harder for genuine voluntary organisations - already struggling for
    funding
53. Get rid of them all they only get abuse off the people that use them
54. How can the work they do be accurately quantified?
55. Voluntary Organisations raise their own funds ie Voluntary!
56. This proposal is too vague and does not identify the voluntary work involved or give details of
    'external funding'. Funding voluntary organisations should be done to assist the work they do
    but should not be conditional unless totally funded by council.
57. This proposal discriminates against small groups who are trying to establish themselves in the
    community and funds are tight but hey have good work to do were as long established groups
    with healthy bank balances easily fit the criteria and receive funds time after time more help
    should be given to the smaller groups.
58. This proposal discriminates against small groups who are trying to establish themselves in the
    community and funds are tight but hey have good work to do were as long established groups
    with healthy bank balances easily fit the criteria and receive funds time after time more help
    should be given to the smaller groups.
59. I would want the funding to go to all worthwhile organisations, not just those that fit in with the
    current trend for diversity in Gender, Sexuality or Race.
60. I thought all charities and voluntary groups were already investigated thoroughly before and
    grants or funding was allotted
61. I think the role that voluntary services in our society are very important in our communities and
    should be fully supported financially and acknowledged positively. Yes it should be monitored

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      but not with over much bureaucracy. However, I think that the voluntary sector should not be
      used to fill the gaps where people should be given paid work and do it.
62.   Vol. groups do great work. They support and extend statutory provision. They keep official
      agencies on their toes. They are good value – don‟t kill them off. Don‟t saddle Vol. Organs
      with more paperwork under pretence of making them justify their grants – enough already.
      More paperwork will only eat up council money as all this new **ap will have to be sent out
      and then checked by your (our!) officers.
63.   A number of voluntary organisations are just that. Those persons involved support the needs
      of the community the Council fail to support. There should be no increase of work load to
      those who give their time freely, without extra pressure being placed upon them. The Council
      SHOULD support these organisations.
64.   Not sure whole community should be implied                                                           MP
65.   Do not save £166.00                                                                                  MP
66.   According to the local press this could be decided tomorrow (Thurs). All of the organisations,
      in my opinion, fulfil your criteria in the last sentence. In fact, I‟m sure that the meddling and
      reporting that these organisations have to suffer to meet these demands cost more time and
      trouble to both the Council and the charities than they are worth. In fact, I think having to
      report every last item caused, or was part of, the call that Blackfriars suffered the fate that it
      did. How will the council get external funding for them if they show no commitment to them
      themselves?
67.   What a load of rubbish, the voluntary sector only consider themselves to be doing good, they
      rarely are!
68.   If work is voluntary, why is B of B Council paying for it?
69.   Voluntary work should not carry cost any money - if people are paid anywhere along the
      chain, it is not voluntary work. Existing facilities should be used and any equipment or supplies
      obtained through donations - ie local businesses sponsorship.
70.   The voluntary sector should not assume the Council will continue with financial support. They
      should be helped to find alternative funding.
71.   No Comment really except to say that there are enough Charity Shops in Boston (at least
      eleven) and we definitely do not need any more. Most of these have been modernised and
      newly fitted out. If they can afford to do this they do not need support from the council.
72.   I agree with funding of the voluntary sector, but can see it being difficult to find external
      funding at present
73.   Voluntary groups that provide services to small groups should also be supported if they deliver
      a valued service
74.   Volunteer work means unpaid. if money is paid into it it not volunteer it being paid
75.   Voluntary work should be just that, voluntary. I believe it should be SELF supporting.
76.   We should not support this sector, when we can not afford to do so. In directly Funding things
      like the boston belles is not a good way of spending MY council tax money.
77.   Stop funding completely. By definition voluntary organisations are VOLUNTARY and should
      not therefore impose costs on the rest of the community.
78.   Looks like a restrictive clause to limit support. Would serve no other purpose. Much better to
      set a budget and judge each case on its merits. Would be of no help to charities who look after
      minority groups and discourage them from making applications for assistance.
79.   Who is going to judge if they have demonstrated it? It's ok to do, but how will the public know?
      It is our money you're spending so perhaps the public should get a vote in which voluntary
      sectors they'd like their money to be spent on. I think it is a good idea to support the voluntary
      groups, but give the taxpayer a say in it please.
80.   I am chairman of Frampton Village Hall committee. The committee run the hall and we are all
      voluntary. The hall is used 7 days a week by a large number of voluntary organisations and by
      a community playgroup. We do not need to prove anything to show we are of benefit to the
      community. Collecting such information will cost unnecessary time and money. I have not
      forgotten the insulting comments about 'charities' at a council meeting last winter!!
81.   If you divide the amount given to the voluntary sector by the number of people/time devoted
      freely by them it would show how important and valuable they are to the community. The very
      existence of these groups prove a sense of community civic pride and concern for all in many
      varied ways. There are enough hoops they need to jump through already in their own search
      for extra support and funding. Do not make it more difficult - you could lose drastically
82.   Don't overburden voluntary groups with beaurocratic demands for demonstrating "how the
      work etc" - choose the groups to support and let them get on with it!
83.   Each group should be assessed on it's own merits
84.   Voluntary groups should not really have to justify their existence. For example, citizens advice,
      alcohol support etc should not have their resources diverted from their core activities of
      helping people in the community. Civic pride and sense of community... this is just jargon.
85.   Funding does need to be monitored
86.   The Voluntary Sector is the most important sector for community development, if the Council
      withdraw any kind of funding this will put more pressure on the Council to deliver services they
      cannot possibly deliver. The voluntary sector already has to jump through so many hoops in
      order to justify its existence if the local authority start demanding this too it will cease to be

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     manageable. If the council are funding it to carry out community cohesion obligations then
     they have to be flexible in the way it delivers otherwise they face the possibility of jeopardising
     the good working relationships built up over the last few years.
87. This is ridiculous - voluntary groups should not be selected in this way. They provide many
     excellent services and activities. This is 'Box Ticking' gone mad!
88. My concern is how do the voluntary organisations go about proving that their members, who
     already give up there free time (which in itself to me is obvious that these people are helping
     just by being available for free) build a sense of community. What are they going to do? Set up
     observation. I think that is you're not careful you will put people off volunteering
89. The voluntary sector is often providing services that the Borough Council or County Council
     should be providing People are more likely to use voluntary sector services, also people using
     these services are often socially disadvantaged, how do you intend or measuring and
     monitoring a sense of community and social pride, when you have nothing what can you give
     and what pride can you take in that?
90. I would rather have seen £50,000 spent on party in the park than the Boston Woods project. I
     love the Witham way to bits (not entirely your funding) but how many people actually use it
     (see Q10). I am uneasy at the above which sounds like politicising the funding. I would have
     thought some of it is dependant on deprivation (eg, in Fenside, village) rather than these
     criteria. If you want my opinion on what my Polish, Portuguese etc neighbours do use, it is
     stuff that is free, eg Central Park, Witham Way. I would support things that are cross-
     generational (not necessarily multicultural) and do not price out the poor.
91. Aren't they already demonstrating how the money is spent on them?
92. Council should work with its partners to extent that they will know the value without having to
     ask. Improving moral standards and giving hope for future for young people and other
     members of our community so as to improve life values and vision for those helped.
93. Where external funding from? What about positive outcomes for individual people as a result
     of input from some voluntary organisations, surely that is very important but may not
     necessarily fit into community+civic pride+belonging.
94. What more can CAB do to show that they are there to assist and help the community??? WI
     do a good job.
95. Not enough information here - which voluntary organisations? How many? Think it will make it
     difficult for small organisations to cope with extra paperwork/formfilling etc - also won't the
     Council need to take a long time sifting through all the extra paperwork? Voluntary groups are
     often very important and do invaluable work - don't make it too hard for them to continue.
96. The words underlines above lead me to think that the proposal would be an excuse for more
     paperwork to be placed onto overstretched volunteers - no doubt forms etc to include all the
     'information' buzz words and meaningless language. Probably a good excuse to employ
     outside consultants and experts. Anything to make life complicated.
97. My concern would be that such demonstrations become "paper exercises" and in fact often
     less than true.
98. I believe that anything that deters individuals to support the voluntary sector (ie, excessive
     paperwork, having to "demonstrate" their usefulness) will result in less sense of community
     and civic pride. The counsel should support all the work in the voluntary sector, whatever the
     cost.
99. Voluntary work is very important and cannot always be proven in the short term to have the
     benefits that you would like demonstrated, tread carefully.
100. My concern is how do the voluntary organisations go about proving that their members, who
     already give up there free time (which in itself to me is obvious that these people are helping
     just by being available for free) build a sense of community. What are they going to do? Set up
     observation. I think that is you're not careful you will put people off volunteering
101. Volunteer Ambulance Cars do a sterling job, how are they expected to show they need
     funding.
102. Yet another paper exercise where forms will need to be filled in - boxes to be ticked etc etc
CONTINUE SUPPORT OF VOLUNTARY GROUPS (Support of rest of proposal unclear)/other
1. keep funding them all
2. Voluntary groups should be supported however they ought to provide a copy of their budget
     proposals to support their claim, which will be subject to close scrutiny.
3. When or if you decide to cut back some funding for voluntary groups do all Councillors ever
     visit the organisations to see what excellent work they do, cubs, scouts, brownies, guides, St
     John's, Red Cross, Cadets (Navy, Army, Air Force) etc, these groups alone keep hundred of
     children and youths off the streets, saving Councils a lot of money and also keeping them to
     grow up into considerate helpful human beings and hopefully make good Councillors for the
     future.
4. Yes, keep voluntary groups.
5. Carry on supporting voluntary groups. But do not fund the Woodlands Trust and tree planting
     at Westgate Wood; as many people who are now getting grants were the same people who
     cut hedges down a few years ago.
6. Clubs for the elderly should get help.
7. If we have voluntary people helping the unemployed, school leavers etc, this should continue
     to be funded.
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8.    Funding of voluntary groups seems to me to be an essential commitment for the Council, and
      should continue to be so.
9.    Funding of the voluntary sector is vital. You only have to look at the Boston Community
      Showcase to realise what good is being done in the borough. Support should be given to
      groups and organisations that help others to develop.
10.   Yer it ok to help charities and people with diserbilties but help farmers
11.   We need to support these groups as they provide valuable services
12.   Continue to fund
13.   I AM SURE THE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS DO A GOOD JOB AND SHOULD
      CONTINUE TO BE PART FUNDED
14.   Its work is very important
15.   It is important that voluntary services are supported
16.   I think the Council should support the voluntary sector as much as possible not withdraw any
      funding
17.   I feel that throughout our local and national community, voluntary organisations do a fantastic
      job
18.   I run a local baby group in Kirton and funding is essential. We offer vital local support to
      mothers and babies and other than Homestart are the only voluntary parent led group. Our
      rent costs are rising and we are struggling to break even on our subs credits alone, funding
      from council could ultimately make or break our group.
19.   The voluntary sector are an underused commodity. There are a host of people out there -
      many professional people who's services could be utilised more. The CC should access
      services of these people more. Funding is a must.
20.   Information should be made available to make people aware of where they could volunteer.
      The current voluntary workers are a priority excellent service and I am sure there are people in
      Boston who are willing to serve but do not know how to go about it.
21.   Council should fully support voluntary groups Elderly, Disabled and childrens charities should
      not really be necessary as social services could provide more front line support with more staff
      visiting and caring for people and less in offices doing unnecessary repetitive office work. Or
      to put it in English too many chiefs and not enough indians
22.   The voluntary sector on the whole do a very good job, without their help many would slip by
      the wayside, as people give their time for nothing but shouldn't be out of pocket for that. So
      funding IS necessary.
23.   The voluntary sector should be supported with as many help as possible
24.   The Vol Orgs in the Borough fill in the gaps in the 'non statutory' area of responsibility that the
      Council is stepping away from. The vol orgs attract a huge amount of funding into the area, for
      every £1 spent attracts £10 in funding. Council need to continue to support those orgs that are
      delivering vital services that can be efficiently demonstrated if not financially then with 'in kind'
      contributions
25.   I think the Council should continue to wholly support the local voluntary sector
26.   We need to support voluntary groups to a greater extent. The good they do more than
      outweighs the cost
27.   My views are that the Council should fund the money to voluntary groups because the people              HHS
      who put that much effort into the voluntary work should be paid for their hard work.
28.   Carry on funding
29.   I feel the funding must continue - voluntary sector. Give more to a community than most of us
      realise:- voluntary groups also gives so many retired a purpose in life. I think if we ask
      ourselves - "where would we be without voluntary groups" - then the answer has to be that we
      receive a lot more than we give - £166,000 is good value for money
30.   is a good idea to keep this voluntary sector I would like to help as I am retired with time on my
      hands
31.   That without voluntary groups the level of services provided would be less, so continue to fund
      them.
32.   Voluntary work is essential to encourage community's to work together and stop anti social
      behavement.
33.   I believe the Council should continue to support the voluntary section, as without the works of
      these dedicated people, our town would deteriorate even more than it is doing at the present
      time.
34.   Please continue to support the voluntary sector
35.   They deserve everything they get
36.   We need to support these groups as they provide valuable services
37.   Work along side voluntary groups and supporting them if rents were more reasonable you
      would have so many more organisations who would start different kinds of clubs, people are
      willing to run events or clubs but charges for hiring suitable rooms puts them off. If you give a
      little then you will get a lot more in return.
38.   Voluntary groups are very much needed. They are hard working dedicated part of the
      community which BBC need to keep supporting not turn their backs on.
39.   The Council to continue to support Voluntary organisations for a yearly report on what they are
      contributing to the community, and whether they could contribute a small amount from its

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      members, ie £1 or 50p for meeting to help offset the community funding.
40.   It‟s important that they get funding                                                                MP
41.   Should still support voluntary work                                                                 MP
42.   It should be continuous, I think                                                                    MP
43.   Do need to help voluntary sector                                                                    MP
44.   Do need to help voluntary sector                                                                    MP
45.   I do agree that voluntary groups should be funded                                                   MP
46.   Support should still be given to the voluntary sector, particularly the Peter Paine Sports Centre   MP
47.   Funding for voluntary groups needs to continue or who will do their job.
48.   Organisations such as Butterfly Hospice should be helped
49.   All amateur clubs do a good job and should be supported as much as possible                         MP
50.   Support to continue voluntary sector - continue to support rate relief policy for sport clubs
51.   It's good idea to continue to support these group & increase their funding
52.   As long as it is proved worth while carry on the funding.
53.   Support for voluntary groups is very important, particularly for smaller groups. I think grants     MP
      should be allocated more fairly.
54.   Continue support
55.   Agree there should be funding, especially for Citizen‟s Advice or clubs that encourage all age
      groups, gender to participate in
56.   Voluntary work with the younger folk like clubs, scouts, brownies and guides and youth clubs
      etc to keep children off the streets should always have help with funds.
57.   Support Blackfriars Art Centre
58.   Voluntary organisations contribute to the well being of the community. £160,000 per year is
      cheap if you consider paying for their services. The time and training for skilled volunteers is
      given by their organisations. Difficult to put a price on it but I suspect we get very good value
      for money.
59.   Council should continue to support voluntary sector to the full amount
60.   Its a good idea that the voluntary sector is still going ahead with the funding provided but I
      personal think that with the large sum of money that is being provided it would be nice for the
      volunteers to receive a small wage out of this money as a thank you for there hard work
61.   Voluntary groups need all the help that they can get particularly long term groups. Perhaps
      there should be less spent on forced integration which all parties do not seem to want and get
      back to the deliver of the voluntary services which are needed.
62.   Funding for Centrepoint for the homeless etc should continue.
63.   This sector does valuable work more efficiently than the council does, so funding should
      always be available to assist.
64.   Think it is important for the Council to be seen to support local organisations and it is
      important for smaller groups to benefit as they struggle to obtain funding. Larger
      organisations such as CAB and Centrepoint are important to the town and if the council
      support them they can attract money from other sources. Don't forget the small vol orgs that
      do so much for the community and civic pride like age concern or the scouting and sporting
      groups. This are often neglected - bring back the community development fund! Is there still
      someone to help groups get funding from other areas? This was always a valuable resource -
      worth just as much as a grant from the council.
65.   Voluntary work and the people that carry it out are very important. We believe that the council
      should support them in full
66.   Continue supporting Voluntary groups and look at other ways the Council could save ie the
      money wasted on civic dinners etc. they don't include or help disabled or homeless people,
      but entertain these able to pay for themselves.
67.   Yes, carry on supporting the via any funds that are available
68.   Support should always be given to help volunteers they lead the community at the hub far
      more than councils. However they should be seen to be helping themselves too.
69.   I run a local baby group in Kirton and funding is essential. We offer vital local support to
      mothers and babies and other than Homestart are the only voluntary parent led group. Our
      rent costs are rising and we are struggling to break even on our subs credits alone, funding
      from council could ultimately make or break our group.
70.   Money shouldn't be just given out so easily organisations should be able to prove what they
      need the money for and whether its worth while the donation.
71.   Decisions need to be made swiftly on budgets for discretionary funding and also in line with
      other councils.
72.   Operate a 'match-funding' policy
73.   There needs to be 'give and take' otherwise the funding is just taken for granted.
74.   Yearly review on progress
75.   Perhaps, you could give to different voluntary sectors instead of the same ones every year.
      What about giving some funding to an animal voluntary sector line Fins Cunningham Cat
      Reserve. It does not have to be people every year.
76.   Better perhaps to have council representation on the committees, even for just a short time, so
      the charity's work and ethics can be witnesses and assessed more honestly.
77.   Each group should be assessed on it's own merits
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78. The Council should do voluntary work. How much would that save the community.
79. council should employ someone to ensure the money given is well spent and not wasted
80. Instead of just giving people money for benefits to spend on what they like. Make them earn
     their money like the rest of us. Why should they sit at home every day and occasionally turn
     up to the odd interview for a job. Get them cleaning our streets, removing graffiti, emptying our
     bins, community work. Use unemployed with skills to re-generate Boston. I would happily give
     up a couple of hours to improve the local train station, our gateway to the rest of the county...
     Arrange more volunteer community days for people to offer their help... amazing what a free
     cup of tea and biscuit will encourage people off their backsides and work.
81. Youth Clubs etc that could be school based for example, run by volunteers rather than school
     staff.
82. Pursue the line of investigation into just what these people do - most are just do-goers and
     really not street wise. On close examination might expose scroungers!
83. as the council completely ignored ALL offers of FREE support from my voluntary group, (who
     receive NO funding from anywhere) I am not best placed to answer!
84. A reasonable point. There must be proof that the funding is going to schemes that make a
     difference.
85. Some voluntary groups are very professional in the way they are run and may be more able to
     demonstrate their worth than a small village based group. Villages around Boston are not
     treated as favourably as town centre groups.
86. Voluntary sector help should only be available if the service is available to all and not limited to
     restricted minority groups specified by religious groups. ie a religious group could receive
     funding if it provides a service for all regardless of whether or not the user belongs to that
     group.
87. not too sure as your, as you already know how the work they do supports the local community,
88. Where would the external funding come from? If this was coming from local people or
     businesses, you may find that these already do something.
89. By definition these are normally minority interests. If they genuinely contribute then they
     should be able to raise funds in the public sector not be publicly funded
90. It makes sense to get best value for money by making sure that any grants made will impact
     on as wide a number of residents as possible, not a narrow band of council tax payers, as
     long as the recipient is a registered charity i.e. accountable.
91. I would have thought they should already have had to prove that, to qualify for funding
92. benefits to the community are most important - not political correctness schemes!
93. Whilst I agree in part with this, it may mean that each voluntary group will be spending lots of
     time & resources in putting together bids and showing how they fulfil each specific criteria.
     Some groups will be better able to do this depending on their members and organisation and
     therefore more liable to get funding. This may also stop groups from setting up in the first
     place. I think emphasis needs to be placed on facilities and organisations that meet the needs
     of children and young people.
94. DONT KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT IT TO COMMENT
95. My view rather depends on what the subject is
96. stop wasting my money on the princess Anne money eater visited it for the first time recently
     and for what its costing was bitterly disappointed where has all this money been spent ,what
     an utter waste of council tax money on someone‟s ego trip
97. Would really need more information on what the voluntary sector actually does for Boston
     before I can answer this question.
98. voluntary sector must show that there work is an advantage to the Town
99. I would like to have more information as to who these organisations are and how much they
     receive, before giving a considered response
100. Voluntary services are key to community cohesion and keeping communities happy and
     involved. we should continue to fund these.
101. Does this proposal include the PRSA? If it does then all monies should now cease and it
     should prove itself to be independent of the council and therefore competing in the open
     market.
102. It is essential to build a sense of pride within the population of Boston especially as the
     Borough suffers from several deprived wards. The work of the voluntary sector is important
     but, in these difficult times, should be scrutinised to ensure that they are delivering value for
     the £166k spend.
103. Voluntary groups tend to save potential cost on taking on tasks that would eventually fall to the
     Council (Boston Clean Up for example) often being more effective due to their enthusiastic
     response. These groups and individuals therefore should be supported. Civic pride is sadly
     lacking in Boston.
104. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A WAY OF BOSTON PEOPLE TO BE INVOLVED IN ORGANISING
     AND RUNNING ALOT OF THEIR SPORTS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS TO BE ABLE TO PUT
     SOMETHING BACK INTO THE SPORT THEY HAVE ENJOYED
105. VOLUNTARY GROUPS HAVE FUND RAISING EVENTS TO PUBLISISE THE WORK THEY
     DO, ALSO TRY PROFESSIONAL FUND RAISERS PUBLIC SUPPORT OF VOLUNTARY
     GROUPS BEING MORE VOLUNTEERS WITH SOME MAYBE BRILLIANT IDEAS FOR THE
     FUTURE PUBLICITY HELPS.
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106. What civic pride
107. After funding DABSI (what a waste that place is) Do you have anything left to find the
     voluntary groups that do such good work in the town?
108. I held a 'Kirton clean up' during the Boston Clean Up week, with support from Jen, one of the
     organisers at Fen Road site. Not one Council member came (maybe they weren't told) nor
     were the school pupils praised by the council for giving up their time afterwards. Without
     support and praise to pupils I question whether to bother again.
109. It is important that a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds actively participate in
     the life and community of Boston. The agenda should be to build up a strong and viable
     voluntary sector across the borough and much greater sense of pride and celebration of
     Boston old and new - including multicultural nature of 21st century Boston.
110. External funding -fine, but not from local tax except where charities like Centre Point help the
     Council fulfil their obligations
111. If voluntary organisations request funding from the Council then their arguments as to how
     their actions would benefit the whole community need to be examined by the whole
     community. An item for the newspaper column perhaps. Expectations need to be lowered.
112. Would require more info!
113. STOP throwing money to the Princess Anne Stadium would be one way to save money! But I
     agree to making any sector PROVE what good they do towards the community. Too much
     money goes towards the participating do-gooders. Also - a proposed new drop in centre/hostel
     for homeless people? How many actual homeless people have we really got in Boston? Not
     enough to warrant a hostel.
114. Council expertise in bid writing + project management can assist the voluntary sector in
     indentifying/applying/implementing extra sources of funding. However all
     beneficiaries/recipients/projects need to evident benefit + gain in order to prove success of
     activity + lever our more critical funding in the future.
115. Offer support by matching the funding they secure themselves, or 50%
116. I do not have any views on this subject
117. Not connected with any voluntary group therefore unable to comment
118. WHAT KIND OF EXTERNAL FUNDING WILL BE INVOLVED? IS THIS A WAY OF
     REDUCING HELP GIVEN TO THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR? THEY DO ALOT OF GOOD
     WORK IN THE COMMUNITY WHICH WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY REDUCTION
     IN FUNDING
119. THERE ARE TOO MANY VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS SEEING SUPPORT
     ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE GOT EMBERS WHICH SHOULD BE SELF-FUNDING VIA
     SUBSCRIPTIONS AND CHARITIES WHICH ARE SUPPORTED BY THE SAME BUT NOT
     OTHERS. IN MY OPINION IF COUNCIL TAXES ARE TO KEEP DOWN IT IS THIS TYPE OF
     AREA WHICH SHOULD BE SELF SUFFICIECY
120. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED TO DISCOVER B.D.A.C HAVE NO FUTURE AT THE PRSA ,
     THIS FACILITY WAS EAGERLY AWAITED IN BOSTON FOR MANY YEARS AND IT IS A
     DISGRACE THAT THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTED CANNOT BE RESOLVED. AS A LIFE
     LONG FENSIDE RESIDENT I WAS DELIGHTED TO ENCOURAGE MY CHILDREN AND
     THEIR FRIENDS TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPORT WITH EXCELLENT FACILITIES AND
     PROFESSIONAL COACHES SADLY THIS MAY NOW NOT CONTINUE
121. As with all the public companies - voluntary organisations should convince US (the public)
     through their own reports (press/leaflet/dvd) that they are worthy of our money to continue
     support. Not just convince the Council.
122. Could the Council suspend a percentage of funding for 2 years - even to the most deserving
     groups/projects? Re-evaluate after 2 years some-some duplication of services should be
     sifted out.
123. The costs of providing the work by the Boston Citizen's Advice Bureau would be far more
     expensive than the grant given.
124. Council should work closer to work with local groups. We spend too much time and money on
     various areas of the town. Crime goes unpunished and more community service given to
     people that commits crime, that would give a saving to the community. Party in the Park
     should go ahead but should be self funding and I cannot understand why it is not self funding.
     Encourage health by giving us better footpaths. Example, you cannot walk from Wyberton to
     Wyberton Fen Retail Park (Tescos, Oldrods) because we don't have footpaths all the way
125. It depends on what sections of society that these voluntary organisations represent. I believe
     that voluntary organisations funded by council taxpayers should only represent the local
     inhabitants born in this country and not used in minority groups. These groups have a choice
     of where to live, they should not be encouraged using council tax money.
126. I do not know enough about these groups to comment
127. Need more information
128. This should be considered also for Princess Royal Sports Arena. They must prove that they
     adequately manage funds they currently have as this is being provided to the expense of other
     smaller organisations who will have to prove they are worthy of the funding.
129. Not enough information to make an informed viewpoint
130. The Council, at present, needs to ensure that it carries out its statutory responsibilities well.
     Only when this is achieved can it consider subsidising the voluntary sector. In these difficult
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       times money should only be given where it is absolutely critical to the survival or core work of
       a charity which is of particular importance to Boston
131.   No firm view
132.   As a member of a community police panel I am still not convinced that all comments and
       suggestions made are scrutinized by the people who can make a difference. IE. This proposal
       would have been better received if you had who the voluntary sector personnel are and what
       do they do. I think this is a very important subject and should be a subject for discussion by all
       concerned bearing in mind that a great many of us are genuinely concerned.
133.   A good idea in principal, but organisations may find this difficult to prove and demonstrate.
134.   I already do volunteer work. Have been doing this for the last 6 years
135.   Stop funding PRSA - Its a drain on Council budget. - Sell off to an independent organisation to
       run.
136.   I think that voluntary sector should raise money for what they believe in and any money raised
       could then be 'matched' by the Council. This itself shows their commitment to their cause.
137.   Voluntary groups tend to save potential cost on taking on tasks that would eventually fall to the
       Council (Boston Clean Up for example) often being more effective due to their enthusiastic
       response. These groups and individuals therefore should be supported. Civic pride is sadly
       lacking in Boston.
138.   The voluntary sector should be continued to be supported but in the delivery of front line
       services which should be proven, by showing results.
139.   Boston Mencap have run their society with almost no aid for over 30 years, many other clubs
       etc could not do the same. Centrepoint obviously needs help as they do the job social services
       should and used to do. Choice is the ultimate aim, money must not be wasted.
140.   British Red Cross not only teaches first aid to schools, adults, vulnerable groups but also
       supplies medical loans to people unable to get equipment on loan from elsewhere, ie NHS
141.   Stop giving money to organisations that should be self-funding - ie Sports Stadium on the
       board side. The Woodland weirdos who I understand you gave 50k, and who a councillor is a
       leading member - I believe.
142.   I feel that any group recieveing funding needs to be able to demonstrate measurable results. If
       unable to do so, funding needs to be reviewed.
143.   Any funding to voluntary organisations should be made public as regards who they are, and
       the amounts donated, and should not be regarded by the organisations as an ongoing annual
       commitment by the Council, but taken on merit, where by a fixed sum of say £100,000could
       split annually on possible different causes, as thought on most deserving by a Council
       committee
144.   No comment
145.   We must always support the ''genuine'' voluntary sector. If people are prepared to give their
       time they should receive all the support going. Just think if this did not happen what a state the
       country would be in. I am not talking about ''obscure'' groups who only exist for their own
       good.
146.   All Voluntary sector funding should be reviewed and only essential organisations funded.
       Voluntary organisations should be self funded as far as possible or find support by other
       means. Without knowing what voluntary organisations the Council currently is funding I have
       no further comment.
147.   As a voluntary worker for some considerable time (over 30 years) not quite sure how this
       amount of money is spent to support the voluntary sector. We pay the Council for a lottery
       permit. They do allow us a Flag Day but how does this cost them money?
148.   I don't really have any views on this as I don't know where the money goes
149.   Let company's advertise within the voluntary sector, ie, public buildings and Witham County
       Park
150.   External funding only
151.   I do not know anything about the voluntary work carried out in the Boston area. So therefore I
       do not have an opinion on this proposal.
152.   Tighter control on finance given to funding providing they can show their use1 inviting with
       balance sheet
153.   Stop funding to PRSA and support community organisations which will benefit many people
       instead of a minority
154.   No views
155.   Would need more information to feel able to give my view.
156.   Would need more information to feel able to give my view.
157.   I am not sure on this question
158.   Having a voluntary sector is a good thing. I have been a volunteer for WRUS at Pilgrim
       Hospital for 11yrs and I don't think it cost WRUS anything for me going for service I have given
       them and still do. I didn't realise it cost so much money for you to have a sector why do people
       who volunteer want paying. I don't get payed I just enjoy helping people, from all walks of life
159.   For civic pride, history, tourism facilities such as stump - Blackfriars should receive support as
       they enhance the town - Funding voluntary groups should also mean supporting Boston,
       District Athletic clubs in their effort to get a leave at PRSA Judge said 'BDAC in no way to
       blame'

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160. Funding and support to local cadet organisations imperative (Scouts/Cubs included)
161. Voluntary Sector need help but should be accountable what is spent on, and not doing the
      same overlap as other sectors. Some groups seem to be funded approx 3yrs then close
      through lack of funding, then another group start from scratch all over again wasting money.
162. Yes, carry on supporting the via any funds that are available
163. Don't charge the voluntary sport clubs the business rate
164. NONE
165. N/A
166. The LOCAL voluntary sector should continue to be supported eg Butterfly Trust, Centrepoint
      Outreach etc - but not sports clubs
167. Any funding that supports local groups that in term support the community is good, but money
      must not go to extreme or obscure groups that only support minority subjects or people (I
      cannot give examples as I would be classed as a racist or un-pc!)
168. Support should be given to those main stream activity rather than minority events.
169. The Voluntary sector perform a valuable service and it is important that we, the public, support
      them all we can. Would like to see the Council continue to support but not to the detriment of
      core services.
170. All grants should be productive and seen to be productive
171. Voluntary organisations need financial support but this need careful control. Outlandish
      schemes should not receive support.
172. Voluntary cleaning: Cleaning Boston troops are a waste of time and money. When the next
      day the wind blows the plastic bags out of the bins all over the town again and spreads the
      rubbish everywhere.
173. All funding should be made public and consulted on separately.
174. Don‟t know. What voluntary groups do you mean? Are they worth supporting?
175. Mostly, but lifeboats, Ambulance Service                                                           MP
176. Somebody used to come around and talk to people in own home about what was happening
      in community – particularly for the elderly
177. I think we need some people                                                                        MP
178. This proposal is too vague and needs more explanation before I can pass any comment                GMLC
179. I was for many years a Divisional Secretary for an Ex service organisation covering a large
area in the south of Lincolnshire.
When the Council Voluntary Organisation was based in a small shop run by a young lady opposite
KwikSave car park I always considered this to give a great service. It had adverts in the window
that passers-by could look at. It pointed them to both our organisations and others, and the help
we/they could give. It also produced a number of voluntary helpers, but more important assistant to
others.
Then somebody empire building had the great idea of taking another charities money to help build
a castle.
The service then provided was both expensive to charities and to ratepayers.
It was staffed by people who may have had a technical knowledge of charity work but no practical
knowledge of organisations as mine that had to raise its own money to administer itself. Most
voluntary organisations are of this type.
The result to us was negative. Helpers dried up. But more importantly assistance we gave to needy
dried up.
It was great at producing surveys and results of meetings all over the area that it had attended. In
my active time not one helper or person asking for help.
A paper producing machine. To organisations as mine a complete and total waste of money. The
only positive thing in that building is the CAB.
After the Sports Stadium the next complete waste of money.




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Appendix J – Alternatives to Assembly rooms as a nightclub
9a Assembly rooms – alternative uses                                                                           Group
    180. Conference Center/ Weddings etc. Lets up what Boston sets out to achieve. A night club at
         the Assembly Rooms would just lower the tone even further. Boston is worth more and can
         achieve far more.
    181. As now, weddings, dances etc, but definitely not night clubs there are enough now, especially
         if you are contemplating ceasing CCTV coverage!
    182. Centre would be great and maybe a permanent indoor market too.
    183. We need a meeting place for the whole community. A Multi Cultural Community
    184. Any other activities than a nightclub, eg bridge club etc.
    185. Make Assembly Rooms available for other uses
    186. Any social event such as weddings, meetings and staff groups but a night club would result in
         damage being caused.
    187. weddings ect
    188. Promote it as a great place to hold a function e.g. wedding, dinner dance, etc. Get together
         with people who organise catering and bars in the town and talk to them about promoting the
         Assembly Rooms to help increase their business and the Councils. Keep the hire charges
         realistic. Think of it as hiring out a lot of times for a smaller fee which will publicise this
         beautiful building to more people via 'word of mouth'. The Assembly Rooms is a wonderful
         historic building; how about Guided Tours for a small fee/donation? Does anyone do Ghost
         Tours in Boston. The Assembly Rooms could be the starting point, followed by the Market
         Place, moving onto the Guildhall (lots of scope there!!!) and the Haven. What a way to see the
         town in a new light. If you think these aren't popular, try the Lincoln Ghost Tour which is
         fabulous. Stratford Upon Avon is just as scary though linked to the theatre.
    189. Conference rooms with catering. Art gallery.
    190. Pretty much anything else....
    191. Modernise with facilities for a multi-use space. A performance space for theatre, comedy
         nights, concerts and lectures. Use for functions, meetings and conferences. Club nights could
         be part of this.
    192. The Assembly Rooms should be a public facility that can be hired like most other public
         buildings. This should reflect true cost and a bit of profit, not a loss. Only officials can decide
         whether a nightclub would be appropriate, with police liaison.
    193. put it up for sale
    194. The use of the building for public purposes and short-term private activities.
    195. additional lettings, preferable on market days i.e. antique market; council information forum etc
    196. Not as a night club as there are sufficient already. Weddings and private parties would be
         more suitable.
    197. Leasing out for private functions as it is now
    198. The building being used for community benefit maybe through releasing its equity by handing
         it over to a charitable foundation who then sell it and the proceeds being put to community
         use.
    199. Wedding receptions, private parties etc
    200. It would affect the character of the building. Use as a conference venue, theatre or hired out
         for parties, receptions etc.
    201. Make it more accessible to the public. Have it hired out for conferences more. Use the town
         centre location to the town's benefit - use it to promote the town more. What about making it
         more attractive as a function venue - something the town lacks - a choice of good quality
         venues.
    202. Organ concerts on Sunday afternoons. Some elderly people miss the Boston Organ and
         Music Club.
    203. Musical concerts such as country and western or similar
    204. Renting out for meeting, dancing classes, etc                                                         MP
    205. Housing                                                                                               MP
    206. Something tasteful                                                                                    MP
    207. Should only be rented out for functions, ie weddings                                                  MP
    208. For charity events – at reasonable prices (stalls)                                                    MP
    209. Should only be rented out for functions, ie weddings                                                  MP
    210. Pub                                                                                                   MP
    211. Entertainment venue (central for parking etc)                                                         MP
    212. Youth clubs                                                                                           MP
    213. Functions/indoor craft market/weddings                                                                MP
    214. Should be available for hire for public events by the public in general                               MP
    215. Conferences, etc                                                                                      MP
    216. More advertising of events                                                                            MP
    217. I think it should be updated inside and used upstairs as a place to hold weddings/parties and
         the downstairs to be altered internally to be a restaurant or club.
    218. Use as a museum
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219. Possible reduced price leasing for private use to include meetings and seminars
220. It is ideal for weddings and other functions because of its centrality and should be used
     accordingly. It is too nice to be a nightclub!
221. Keep it as it is but make it cheaper for people to hire so that more use is made of it.
222. A centre that belongs to the citizens of the future
223. Utilising local volunteers under one roof. Getting church support
224. Possibly incorporate coffee bar, music, dance, boxing rings, a place our youngsters can feel
     safe and learn community life skills.
225. Use it as a music hall (music concerts for various live music with drinking facilities)
226. Use it for exhibitions; bring some culture to Boston Borough Council
227. A place to meet counsellors.
228. Camera, theatre, cinema and alternative
229. Another idea is to have events held there like competitions of dancing maybe on the lines of
     Strictly Come Dancing
230. Tea dances perhaps or afternoon reminisces by people who were there? Whatever happens I
     urge you to save its history in some way.
231. The Assembly Rooms are part of the history of Boston. Why not reflect this in part by having a
     display of the functions this building used to hold in past days. How about talks given to bring
     to life the displays shown.
232. Reappraise the costs of the building as a function room.
233. Look into converting part into today‟s equivalent of the wartime British Restaurant.
234. A look into themed dances or dancing.
235. A centre for young people to meet, get to know community officers, place of reference.
236. Advice Centre on drugs, sex and drink.
237. Public meetings
238. Balls
239. Entertainment venue
240. Auction Rooms One off event bookings Community Events Office Space
241. BBC should keep, when boston gets barrage to improve waterfront it will be worth more, either
     for BBC or a private company. Don't sell at bottom of the market !
242. better conference facilities
243. Wedding receptions
244. Dinner dances
245. Strictly come dancing is a real hit. What about starting dancing. Bring in some good teachers
     and it could give entertainment to so many.
246. We have enough nightclubs already. The venue should be refurbished – new kitchens, toilets
     etc. to provide a quality function room capable of holding 200 people.
247. Business conference centre
248. The Assembly rooms should be in continuous use for the benefit of the community as a whole.
     Please look at diverse usage that would bring in income but also benefit the community as a
     whole.
249. Casinos
250. Wedding venues                                                                                     MP
251. Workshops etc                                                                                      GMLC
252. Community groups.                                                                                  GMLC
253. Weddings and parties
254. Centre for advice of all sorts
255. Indoor stalls – temp or permanent
256. Could probation or social services use it?
257. Meeting room, for local societies
258. Tea.coffee
259. Keep as a private venue, weddings, parties etc                                                     GMLC
260. Community activities
261. The assembly rooms retain some historical value. I feel a nightclub would be too intense and
     put a strain on the rooms - civilised functions would perhaps raise monies, wedding functions
     business etc
262. keep it as current for the people of Boston
263. Leasing it to a private company to provide functions.
264. functions of a similar nature to the activities that are carried out now
265. Business exhibitions. A nightclub would exclude present use by a number of groups who use
     it regularly.
266. run it as a business
267. The Assembly Rooms being sold to a private company as restaurant space.
268. An indoor market, May be another function room but with a lot of updating done to the
     assembly rooms. Something to make it more appealing.
269. museum, wedding venue, youth centre
270. Not a nightclub as such, but a venue that all of Boston's residents and visitors can go to with
     regular events, but which also includes music perhaps in different genres i.e. jazz, mainstream

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       music. Also, holding monthly craft fairs in the building, and other evening events to bring the
       community together more.
271.   Perhaps it could be leased out for events such as cabaret nights or casino nights etc that
       could be open for the public to enjoy. Surely the extremely highly paid boss‟s at the council
       can come up with a better idea for the use of this building other than a nightclub... They could
       try promoting it once in a while.
272.   Let community based groups use it.
273.   LET THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS REALLY BE AN ASSEMBLING VENUE FOR T HE LOCAL
       COMMUNITY.
274.   There must be lots of Clubs and Societies, whether they be children based (Cubs, Scouts etc)
       or adult based (Crafters of all types, Veteran Service people, etc.) who would love to use a
       Town Centre venue provided the price was right. After all, a lower rental income from
       somewhere used extensively is better for the Council than a higher rental from a venue that is
       not used very much because people cannot afford it!
275.   Must be kept for ALL community to use. Encourage groups, clubs, societies etc to use on
       regular weekday basis, ie keep rental charges reasonable so that these groups can afford to
       use not just on one-off annual occasions, Feel weekends should be kept for more 'grand'
       occasions, ie Wedding Receptions and other celebratory occasions, as well as the usual one-
       offs such as Craft Fairs etc. (as opposed to Craft Club etc. usage which would hopefully be
       held on a regular weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.)
276.   leasing to local clubs for fitness etc, leasing for one off social events ie balls etc, lease to
       community groups etc
277.   activites for say 8 - 18 yr olds roller skating, indoor activities etc
278.   As a function room, yes, as a nightclub no. It should be promoted more as a function room
       available for business meetings etc.
279.   Evening classes (different arts, crafts etc) not necessarily run by Boston College
280.   Leasing out for use by local organisations.
281.   Youth groups, voluntary sectors, conferences.
282.   more craft fayres and demonstrations and information events
283.   Community projects. Indoor market of arts and crafts when the Wednesday and Saturday
       market is on.
284.   Rooms are for benefit of town. get rid of Haven centre in south square, use Assembly rooms,
       for displays, presentations, tourism office Blood donor sessions, weddings civil events
285.   Use as a restaurant (non-ethnic)
286.   Functions; Parties; Exhibitions; Craft Market
287.   Use as a restaurant (non-ethnic) Do not consider the Assembly Rooms are well managed,
       should be used to promote Boston, local charities, should be available for meetings at a
       reasonable cost. It is an irreplaceable facility
288.   Anything apart from a nightclub or fast food outlets/restaurant/cafe. We have quite enough of
       these in the town.
289.   There is a good kitchen up there, maybe that could be used for a small restaurant in the room
       with the bar? We used to have firm's annual or Christmas parties there. Maybe special rates
       for parties, maybe more advertising.
290.   it should be used for functions ie weddings - fairs trade or xmas
291.   Trade fairs.
292.   Encourage the use of the Assembly Rooms more for private hire - Parties, Weddings etc.
293.   Let it out for general use to all organisations and people that would want it for promotions or
       entertainment but not a nightclub!
294.   Regular use of Assembly Rooms ie. lettings & dances
295.   Useage of the hall for fitness classes, or via the college for educational facilities. A nightclub
       would turn the town centre into further seediness which it does not need any further help.
296.   KEEP IT FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HIRE IT OUT FOR WEDDING RECEPTIONS,
       FITNESS CLASSES, DINNER & DANCES, HOLD CAR BOOT SALES FOR EXTRA MONEY.
297.   SHOULD BE USED TO HOLD COMMUNITY EVENTS TO HELP BUILD A STRONGER
       SENSE OF COMMUNITY & BELONGING
298.   Dancing & Social events for all age groups
299.   I would only support the leasing of the Assembly rooms for such venues as Christmas dinners,
       New Years Eve, local shop parties
300.   Evening classes - How do you describe 'nightclub'
301.   Tea dances - Fashion shows
302.   We have enough night clubs - Why don't you run some disco's for under 18's so the
       youngsters have something to do.
303.   ? further education learning centre
304.   Use as memorably inn the past
305.   Supervised youth activity
306.   PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
307.   DINNER DANCES - TEA DANCES - ENCOURAGE LOCAL CLUBS TO HOLD THEIR
       MEETINGS THESE BOTH DAY & NIGHT & EVENINGS AND CHARGING THEM
       REASONABLE RENTS SO THEY CAN AFFORD THE COST.
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308.   UNFORTUNATLY HAVE NO IDEAS OTHER THAN FUNCTIONS WEDDINGS & THE LIKE
309.   Open it up on market days for drink, tea and coffee like they do at spalding
310.   Youth club - fitness club for over 50's - dance classes - art clubs - hobby clubs
311.   Function Room
312.   Dinner dances - wedding receptions - road table events - community events
313.   Private occasions - Weddings, dances, parties, fund raising etc.. Why not advertise it
314.   Weddings, christenings, collector's fairs, antiques etc
315.   Exhibition hall - type of functions its already used for
316.   Concerts
317.   To Support local functions & community projects
318.   As mentioned - ground floor available for tourist encourage the use for lessons in
       dancing/information, yoga, karate etc, general keep fit, lectures. Why not open up breakfast
       room for teas, coffee, snacks etc on market days.
319.   Encourage daytime use by clubs/groups by applying reasonable rental fees.
320.   Annual dances in original tradition of Assembly rooms.
321.   Attract more commercial/Government roadshows (fashion, education, local proposals
322.   Leasing out to several voluntary groups at lower rent they are paying at present; but between
       them bring income for use of Assembly rooms
323.   Meeting room for community forums. Child care provision. Youth work needed in the area.
       Something to build community rather than encourage alcohol abuse and subsequent
       destruction of property.
324.   Lease to management organisations subject to strict guidelines to maintain present activities
       and investment to expand into new ones.
325.   Organised events - soul nights
326.   What this town needs is a purpose built theatre. Blackfriars is too exampled for comfort people
       will not attend to sit in discomfort.
327.   Meeting area for the community. As it is part of the history of Boston it should be used for the
       local groups
328.   Put Tourist info into it. Advertise widely so that groups, clubs, weddings and other functions
       can be carried on there. Lovely building - USE IT. Definitely NOT nightclub.
329.   Leave it as it is, used for weddings, conferences
330.   Dances, musical or literally evenings - events for the whole community - not just loud music or
       booze for 15-20yrs
331.   Collectors fairs of all kinds corporate & social gatherings wedding receptions, lectures etc.
332.   IE conferences, birthday parties, wedding parties and Council meetings
333.   Casino, run by the council, not leased out. After all, how many establishments lose money?
       (although they are privately run!)
334.   meeting rooms hired to organisations to foster community relationships
335.   Boston, not more. It is more suitable to look for daytime & evening cultural uses for the
       building.
336.   Exhibitions - private functions
337.   Meetings, weddings, Could there be a tea room?
338.   Lots of use during the day, for weddings, birthday parties, other venues as long as it finished
       by midnight.
339.   Hire it out at reasonable rates to clubs luncheons and weddings etc. There are enough night
       clubs in Boston
340.   Functions like weddings, party, christenings, meetings & training ie business, schools, private
341.   It should be a dance hall for young people from approx 8pm to 12pm as it used to be in the old
       days
342.   Lease it out as business functions, ie trade fairs, conferences and training venues
343.   Sell
344.   Farmers Market, continental market, community in the park. Special events connected with
       Boston, eg, a Boston Tea Party making a change for this event.
345.   Continue in exercise
346.   Rent it out to clubs (sport or youth clubs, WI)
347.   Provide parties, weddings etc
348.   Advertise it more as a function room. We used it and its facilities were excellent. Does Boston
       need another nightclub anyway?
349.   The town needs this facility as a venue for special occasions, but it's hire should be promoted
       for conferences, regular meetings of local societies, schools of ballroom dancing etc.
350.   Weddings, dancers, etc.
351.   (sports)
352.   I think leasing out for weddings, dinner dances and the like are a much better idea. Why does
       our poll tax keep rising when the money is used to invest in icelandic banks - instead of using
       it for the community? This question is on the lips of all poll tax payers right now.
353.   Use for private functions - conference centre - Hotel
354.   I am sure if right functions, ie daces were put on they would be attended, and also let people
       know that they are on.

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355. BBC to bring it into present day make it more professionally for meetings and training centre
     etc
356. Family type activities or business meeting conference facilities
357. Hiring out for private functions. Put the Tourist Information in there. Try holding regular
     functions in there to raise money.
358. Investment in the Assembly Room, for commercial use, business events, public meetings,
     promotion of tourism, history, public debate, subsidised use for voluntary groups.
359. It should continue to be available for hire for such as weddings etc
360. The Tourist Office should be central and in the assembly rooms
361. It could be an arts and crafts exhibition centre in close association with the College, Haven
     High, Grammar School, and High School showing works and encouraging outside artists to
     contribute. Plus a small cafeteria. Much of the funding of the above could be accessed
     through Art Council Grants, Education budgets and Government funding for Tourism. Suggest
     all Councillors and senior officers inspect the HUB at Sleaford, and see what can be achieved
     through Grant funding. If a small market town like Sleaford can do it, I'm sure Boston can
     show Lincolnshire the way.
362. Tea dances - One day a week on Wednesday & Saturdays charity stalls and genuine crafts
     other events could be plant fairs, youth clubs, wedding licence & venue for receptions. Various
     events held on Sundays eg current Bridal fair.
363. To make it cheaper for people to hire it so the can be more weddings and partys there.
364. Keep it's use for celebrations & weddings (using their own catering people) Continue use for
     antique fares and other group things i.e. Christmas fares, etc also large meetings. It is our only
     large rooms available.
365. Do much more marketing of the assembly rooms the way forward is rent out different areas to
     voluntary groups at reasonable charge, more entertainment programmes, afternoon tea
     dances, conferences, there is so much and many ways to market this lovely building.
366. Various activities for the general public, ie meetings, weddings, social dances, children's
     activities, keepfit, adult education. Voluntary group meetings (at home rental) events need to
     be advertised more.
367. It needs to be accessed by the community not by a night club. We have enough of these now
     bring the local group in. Use it for weddings, functions etc. More publicity for hire.
368. Youth Center or Conference centre. Dance Hall or Public have indoor Sports hall (darts,
     snooker etc) Hobby Centre. Antique Centre. There must be many alternatives but this will
     depend on the cost of leasing.
369. Some kind of retail use
370. We have enough - Educational - use by schools, colleges etc.
371. Use it more. ie dances, markets etc
372. Better advertising of the property for individual functions eg, weddings, dances, firms dinners,
     meetings, etc. Plus possibly tourist information and cafeteria open mon-sat taking bookings
     etc.
373. Conferencing facilities for both private (and public) companies, groups etc. Also possible
     luncheon clubs or local groups/societies/etc
374. You should use it as a shop – Top Man – it‟s a big space, they could really fit it out.              HHS
375. Rent it out to clubs                                                                                 HHS
376. Increase, wedding receptions, soul nights, rock nights, dances etc.                                  GMLC
     AGREE WITH THE PROPOSAL
1. Only if the police are able to ensure cover
2. Would need to be monitored very carefully.
3. There should be ….. night club if needed
4. Yes if the assembly rooms is till available for other uses during the day time at a reasonable
     fee
5. This seems reasonable
6. I support this proposal
7. I agree with the above proposal
8. Yes, I think it is a good idea.                                                                        BIC
9. Agreed. Value for money must be demonstrated
10. Agree - if no local benefit, organisations should not receive funding
11. We support the proposal
12. Strongly agree, I strongly agree                                                                      BIC
13. It is a good idea to bring money in                                                                   HHS
14. I think it‟s a good idea, and then a couple of days a week use it for weddings but at weekends        HHS
     use it as a nightclub
15. I am not against a nightclub but only if not run by the council but by an independent business.
     I do not want to subsidise another venture. If it is viable then a business would take it on but
     there are other nightclubs in the town. Can anyone think of a night club type facility toned
     done for the older person or family people. I don‟t mean bring the kids although that is not a
     bad idea, a lot of cultures do like to take the children and behaviour is always better where
     children are. The parents naturally behave better and maintain standards. A lot of „nice‟ kids
     are frightened of the nightclubs frequented by the unruly element, I know that I used to be very

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        wary in such places as a youngster and got into several fights after I was attacked without
        provocation. My sons suffered the same fate. I know that I am older now but I liked ballroom
        dancing and that seems to have made a comeback in the media recently. I would suggest that
        ballroom lessons might be thought about and that could help people to mix and aid community
        cohesion. At dancing lessons you are often changing partners. There could be different days
        for all ages and abilities. If the hall was free to a dance teacher to start with the social
        cohesion potential is worth investing in and experimenting with.
DISAGREE WITH THE PROPOSAL
    1. Are there not already night clubs in Boston?
    2. Assembly Rooms should only be leased for functions Boston already attracts the wrong kind
        of persons in town in late evening
    3. We already have night clubs in Boston, could real businesses be approached to sponsor a
        room, and local youth organisations, or people on Community service be employed to upkeep
        it?
    4. There are enough night clubs in town!!
    5. Too many night clubs in Boston and not enough police at night
    6. There are enough night clubs in town. Lease out as a venue for events/bands to attract people
        to use it.
    7. Too many nighclubs already - what about investment in conversion to individual small
        business office units
    8. Definitely not - a very BAD idea. Promote for functions, eg weddings
    9. I don't agree the assembly rooms used a nightclub. We have enough nightclubs in the town.
        This building should be used for weddings, social functions, and even used as a venue for
        concerts for example when the small Blackfriars venue could not be used. The assembly room
        is a beautiful building and must be preserved at all costs. You need the building to be
        promoted at a reasonable fee. No more night clubs PLEASE.
    10. We do not need another night club. Maybe play groups/conference/sports facility
    11. There are enough places to go in Boston. We don't need to encourage bad behaviour etc,
        stretching our resources even further
    12. Not sure but do not need anymore late night/early hours venues in town to increase the
        drinking & violence
    13. We need to encourage less noise, alcohol consumption and late night rowdiness
    14. I feel that Boston has enough licensed night venues within town without adding any more,
        which may in case further the violence & drinking culture that exists.
    15. There are enough nightclubs in the town. Facilities would be abused. Lease it for more mid
        week and daytime function groups etc.
    16. Too many nightclubs in Boston already. I support leasing out for private parties, public
        functions under secure arrangements.
    17. Any thing that doesn't include alcohol, Too many shops to Assembly rooms a hazard
    18. A nightclub would presumably result in daytime closure. If a building of this age + condition
        would not benefit from the resultant noise, vibration + potential damage to its structure.
    19. I would support the closure of all night clubs as they all cause trouble at weekends
    20. Not sure that night club is needed but building should be used more.
    21. The last thing we need is more nightclubs
    22. Leasing/renting anything except a nightclub we have enough in the town                              HHS
    23. I believe that there is more reasonable things that can be put into place                           HHS
    24. Really it would impact on weddings and things. I will say no because I think we have enough         U
        nightclubs in Boston and I don‟t go anyway.
    25. No, because it can cause violent behavior from too much drink and more work for the police
        and the hospital
    26. If the Assembly Rooms were leased out for a night club it would spoil the building plus cause a
        lot of noise There are plenty of nightclubs in Boston already I would support the venue being
        leased for clubs and associations fairs weddings and dances etc.
    27. As there are enough pubs and vomit on dirty pavements, what about more reasonable
        charges for quality music on a broad level? Boston needs to higher it standards. Provide
        events for all tastes, not just boom boom boom!
    28. There are surely enough nightclubs in the town.
    29. There are already enough nightclubs in the town. I thought we were aiming to discourage
        excessive drinking. In the present financial position, perhaps it would be preferable to mothball
        it until things improve and then reconsider proposals for its future at a later date.
    30. non... especially if you're getting rid of cctv
    31. I'm certain we have adequate nightclubs in boston, I don't think we need another
    32. demolition
    33. As a function but not as a night club - theres already plenty.
    34. I would find almost anything else appealing. Boston does not need more clubs that promote
        the current problems with alcohol and violence. What about refurbishment as a
        restaurant/conference centre, but no half-hearted, boring and unappealing measures.
    35. Sell it - with a clause about future use
    36. Don‟t we have enough venues for people to get drunk, then fight, then spend lots of police
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    money clearing the mess up which we fund ?
37. Leave it as it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You don't turn an historic building into a nightclub---
    OH MY GOD! Don't know what you guys are thinking to be quite honest.
38. Anything but another night club
39. How can the work they do be accurately quantified?
40. This proposal discriminates against small groups who are trying to establish themselves in the
    community and funds are tight but hey have good work to do were as long established groups
    with healthy bank balances easily fit the criteria and receive funds time after time more help
    should be given to the smaller groups
41. This proposal is too vague and does not identify the voluntary work involved or give details of
    'external funding'. Funding voluntary organisations should be done to assist the work they do
    but should not be conditional unless totally funded by council.
42. Get rid of them all they only get abuse off the people that use them
43. No more nightclubs!
44. Party in the Park and night clubs are for the younger people and encourage more drinking
    than is good for them.
45. The Assembly Rooms is part of Boston‟s heritage and should remain the same and be
    sponsored by Boston Borough.
46. Enough clubs already                                                                                                  MP
47. The building would not stand up to a nightclub                                                                        MP
48. Its an old building. It wouldn‟t stand it                                                                             MP
49. The Assembly rooms must be kept within Council and maintained. Would a tea room provide
    enough income I‟m sure a charity would help in this.
50. The lack of venues in the town itself should surely warrant the fact that this local landmark
    should not be defaced, but restored and put to more use for functions and local events. If only
    to raise the morale of local people in a time of financial crisis. The last thing this town needs is
    another money pit, and eyesore
51. small scale office units or long lease to a developer under no circumstances should it be sold
52. I am unsure about this but agree that some way should be found to get more use from the
    Assembly Rooms. So maybe this is the only alternative.
53. Do we really need another night club
54. Depend s on what other use is put forward!
55. I have no knowledge of night time entertainment in Boston. So therefore I do not have an
    opinion
56. Sell them to somebody who could make a profit and be done with it a mill stone round the
    neck of the town
57. I think it should be used in some way, to entertain the youth of the town I would like to see a
    roller skating rink to give the young ones something to do, Woolworths would be a great rink.
58. Sell it off
59. This is a building built for the people of Boston. It should remain as so but NOT as a nightclub.
    The Council should advertise more to attract as I have told them in the past. I did not know it
    was licensed for weddings-until last year to plan a wedding one books the reception venue
    before going to the registration for the wedding date
60. As it is now but improved advertising and costs of space
61. Keep it as it is, there is enough Night Clubs in Boston
62. Any other
63. Would depend on the type of night club
64. I do not go out at night
65. Bringing the building up to date (modernising
66. Increase Marketing/Promoting the building
67. Princess Anne Sports Centre a red herring that needs to sustain itself instead of being elitist!
68. The assembly Rooms are the only alternative we have to a town hall which should act as a
    focal meeting point for the community Boston is benefit of such amenities. Rather than close it
    to the general public use through a night club letting rather improve it for all and advertise it's
    glory.
69. In years gone by the Gliderdrome was the best thing to happen in Boston, but when things
    started to get tough ie. Hooligans fighting causing trouble, they closed it down instead of
    sorting out the troublemakers. The same thing if phone boxes get vandalised, the phone box
    goes instead of stopping the guilty parties, punishing the majority. So while I think the
    assembly rooms are definitely part of our town, and needs to be updated, I don't think a
    nightclub would be the answer. All ages should be able to go there. Perhaps dancing classes
    for the young, an occasional disco, tea dances in an afternoon or ballroom & linedancing.
70. I do not come into town after dark as Boston is not a safe place at night therefore I would not
    support anything in the town at night. During the day I work and do not have any free time to
    support daily alternatives.
71. Mothball or demolish.
72. None! We have sufficient licenced clubs in the town to support those who wish drink to
    access!
73. Unsure! But I feel there is enough nightlife in the town centre as many people feel unsafe in
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       town at the weekends already. With the possibility of the changes to the CCTV operations I
       believe this may be an incorrect line of revenue.
74.    Use Princess Anne Arena for a venue for entertainment and variety of some description, as it
       hardly gets used now is as big a white elephant as Millennium Dome was. Saving £140,00 on
       Geoff Moulder Complex is great, modernise it and scrap P.R.S.A instead of spending 10's of
       thousands a year on a total lost cause such as PRSA, spend the money to change it to a more
       usable site for a more varied variety of things. Let it make money for a change.
75.    If above was to be turned into yet another night club then, then the council do close CCTV, the
       town centre would then become a total no go area for older persons at night. Not sure what it
       could be used for but, another night club no thanks.
76.    As a conference centre
77.    getting rid of top management in the council, they obviously cannot do their job correctly we
       object fiercely all the money being pored into prsa, makes you wonder if something dodgey is
       going on
78.    This question is difficult to answer without knowing any other proposed uses.
79.    How at the Owners doing their civil duty and keeping the property well maintained as it is a
       listed building.
80.    There are too many night clubs in Boston. What about some leasing out for activities for young
       children and youths ie youth clubs or roller skating of which there are some in surrounding
       villages but none in the town centre, I am sure many parents (like myself)would help and a
       small charge each child would bring in cash on a regular basis.
81.    Keep the use as the same it is now but refurbish the inside of the building to a higher
       standard. Then advertise to reflect the better facilities.
82.    Anything that will keep the building alive apart from a Nightclub. Boston does not need another
       Nightclub. The building should be used as it is part of Boston's heritage.
83.    The Assembly Rooms are a part of Bostons Heritage! Get rid of the PRSA instead
84.    Who pays for damage and cleaning?
85.    None. I would consider the town to have sufficient venues of this nature.
86.    this town needs a place that can be used more diverse usage the cost is very high for people
       who want to us the hall, if the council made it more accessible then more people would us the
       hall, also were would people go to have reception etc... rather than having another public
       house/night club that causes more bad behaviour
87.    Make it available at reasonable cost for more craft fairs, antiques, food fayres ect, advertise it
       widely so people from near and away know it is available.
88.    Unsure but we do not need anymore nightclubs...do we?
89.    Does Boston need more nightclubs?
90.    it should stay as it is
91.    This building should be used but a nightclub is not necessary or appropriate. Use by
       community groups or as an educational place may be better.
92.    There are enough nightclubs in the town
93.    Question 9 assumes a night club is an acceptable use by the author, but gives no detail as to
       the structure of supposed agreed income, conditions of lease, and security of ownership.
       Some thought should be given to the impact of such a proposal upon the town centre, existing
       business`s and need for this type of `entertainment`, considering the already overburdened
       social and constabulary teams, this proposal goes against the desire to encourage a more
       health conscience.
94.    We have too many bar and nightclubs in the town already. What happened to the proposal of
       West Street area becoming the entertainment area of the town? Move all the potential
       'Trouble' Areas to an out of town site. Monitor with good CCTV with direct police access and
       civilian monitoring, paid for by the Trades that reap the benefit of such income and keep
       trouble out of our town
95.    It should be available for use to the tax payers of Boston, not as a profit centre to some
       individual
96.    This is a beautiful building. Have you looked at the reasons why you have not been able to
       make it profitable? I am sure that a real businessman could make it profitable
97.    This is a beautiful centre piece to our town which needs proper marketing and restoration.
98.    To what purpose? To raise money or provide night time entertainment? Or what? I don‟t
       understand the question
99.    As a letting Secretary for a local Village Hall that is busy I would support the hiring charges of
       the Assembly Rooms brought down to a more reasonable level. There are lots of groups and
       private parties looking for something affordable. You have different sections to let.
100.   A planned long term improvement of this important civic building.
101.   Publicise it more/different functions, making it competitively priced
102.   More information needed
103.   What will happen to those currently leasing? Are the other options? (The Guildhall is available      BIC
       for weddings) they could use private business too, but that it is very expensive.
104.   What is it used for now? ( leasing for functions)                                                    BIC
105.   Who owns this? (Council, it is a very old and large building).                                       BIC
106.   Consulting with the public does not mean that you are going along with what the public wants

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         only what those who reply to the questionnaires want and there is a big difference in those
         figures. It would be interesting to find out what percentage of the public of Boston actually
         replied to this questionnaire but I would think that maybe 10% would be a fair estimate. This
         then tends to make a mockery of percentage figures that are quoted. For example if half of
         those replying to this questionnaire said that they would pay a £10 entry fee to the Party in the
         Park and you only had a 1000 replies it would show up as 50% but in fact would only be 500
         which is probably only 1% of the population.
    107. I find it inconceivable that the public should be involved in council decision making and in fact
         despite assertions to the contrary I don‟t believe this happens. Many decisions that the
         council makes are by their very nature inevitable and therefore need no public input at all.
    108. Drinking doesn‟t need encouraging.                                                                  FCC
    109. I know there is a big problem with drink and do we need another nightclub?                          FCC
    110. Nightclub would damage the building and money would need to be spent to improve. Having a
         casino would attract out-of-town people look at Gala bingo always busy every night, a casino
         will be busier.
    111. I think the assembly rooms could be a good focal point of this town use this lovely building
         instead of ruining it with drunken fighting people
Other comments
    1. I‟ve never been in there                                                                              HHS
    2. Wouldn‟t you have to pay for bouncers and that kind of thing (no, that would be up to the             HHS
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Appendix K: having your say extra comments
10. Having your say                                                                                   Group
Option 1
     1. How about making the forms compulsory in form time in schools                                 BC
     2. I prefer questionnaires because it is easier for foreign people to read and write             BC
         English than speak it. It is difficult for me to explain what I want to say. Not a problem
         for me, but for my mother it would be easier for her to fill it in Polish
Option 2
     1. I‟m not entirely sure how many people visit Boston borough council‟s website, so              BC
         although a good idea I don‟t know how well it would work
     2. Web based surveys every time, enough people are on line today. I was most unhappy
         to receive a copy this survey through the post. It is a simple task today to sort out the
         people on email and not waste paper printing and postage. It is your job to look for
         best value.
Option 3
     1. I think face to face is better                                                                BC
Option 4
    1. Option 4 sounds like a good idea (after frank explained it) *nodding*                          BIC
    2. I think it is a good idea                                                                      BIC
Other comments
    1. I think that these surveys are just a waste of time and more importantly money
    2. Waste of time and money!!!!
    3. Were the questionnaires sent to Fishtoft, we have never seen one?                              BC
    4. I know whether Councils are meant to be able to have things translated and stuff I just        BC
         don‟t know whether they do
    5. Do people bother to read answer? (PQ)
    6. Does everyone have access to the web?(WB)
    7. This would mean selective people (F2F
    8. Too expensive (CR)
    9. I think if people were more aware they would have more suggestions. Get out to other           BC
         communities. Ask what they suggest
    10. Haven‟t got a computer                                                                        MP
    11. Paper questionnaires should be delivered                                                      MP
    12. Should provide transport for face-to-face meetings                                            MP
    13. Advertise community road shows well                                                           MP
    14. If the public are to be involved indecision-making it follows that Councillors are
         redundant. THAT should save significant funding!
    15. All useful although the first two may not bring in the response hoped for. Returns of
         paper questionnaires are usually notoriously low
    16. Better publicised
    17. Email
    18. WHY NOT HAVE A 'QUESTIONNAIRE' PUBLISHED IN THE LOCAL PAPER
         (TARGET) AND AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR RESPONSE - SHOULD CUT THE
         COST OF THIS SURVEY
    19. Paper questionnaires enclosed in Standard and Target.
    20. Consultation with Staff and Public is vital.
    21. Have a public meeting so the officers of the council actually face the public rather
         than these on line questionnaires.
    22. i would like to ad that the web is a good place to discuss all the councils issues not
         just for the 2009/10 budget proposals, especially for the people who are disabled and
         those who would I think be more forthcoming in answering or raising questions.
    23. Think that when consultation takes place the council should listen to what is really
         wanted.
    24. I think you could make much better use of the local press, with maybe a little less
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Appendix L: Questionnaire content comments
16. General comments on the content of the questionnaire                                        Question   Group
                                                                                                Number
Positive
    1.   Thank you for asking us and getting out to do it
    2.   At least you are asking us about things that can change
    3.   Excellent!!!
    4.   You have difficult choices, but seem to be approaching them sensibly and
         democratically
    5. Thank you
    6. With compliments and thanks                                                              2
    7. This questionnaire is a good way of getting public opinion. It is good to see the
         Council attempting to reduce costs, whilst engaging the public, and keeping
         them informed.
    8. I think the Council's initiative in sending this questionnaire is exemplary;
         however I do feel that many local people have no REAL knowledge of the
         'workings' of the Council - for instance, is there an 'ideal' Business Model of a
         successful Council? ... and if so, how near (or far!) is Boston Borough Council to
         that model? Certainly for all local initiatives I think some form of Public
         Consultation should ensue, and if an initiative is Council funded, then some sort
         of measurement of performance should be required and made public. I would
         love the opportunity to engage in any discussion, ie the Council Budget
    9. You have difficult choices but seem to be approaching them sensibly - and
         democratically.
    10. Councillors work diligently for their constituents but many are nothing more than
         names, on a ballot paper. I am pleased to have been involved in this one by
         personal contact of my new councillor for whom I have high regard
    11. From your consultation proposals it would appear you are trying to get a balance
         between the people's needs and actual requirements.
Negative
    1. All of these proposals are window dressing, what is the council plan for trying to
         bring Jobs into the area. There is no point in rearranging the deck chairs if we
         are sinking. BBC must focus on bringing money in!
    2. Is this going to make any difference
    3. I don‟t know why I bother answering these, it never makes any difference
    4. Some of the options omit the real options.
    5. The Council never seem to involve either the community, or from what I have
         heard recently their employees in the decision making process. It would appear
         that senior management make their decision and the consultation with other
         parties is just a box ticking exercise.
    6. This questionnaire makes no mention of predicted budget and is very narrow in
         what is being stated – one may say it is attempting bias decisions.
    7. The Council should consult with local democratic bodies who represent local
         people, for example Parish Councils as to what the people of local communities
         deem important.
    8. This is the 4th questionnaire I have been sent and refused to fill in. I propose that
         council money would be better spent in providing services which come about by
         council members using common sense and their own knowledge of the
         neighbourhood rather than using it on useless data which most people are sick
         of providing. I am assuming that filling it in is not compulsory and council
         services that I have always paid for will not stop! Please do not waste my own
         and other peoples money by sending me another questionnaire as I‟m afraid it
         will join our growing mountain of waste
    9. I do not object to form filling but is it really necessary to send these two identical
         forms to each house?
    10. Ask questions that would put some meat on the bone
    11. I know that you will not be able to use my questionnaire, but I hope that I shown
         how important it is, if you want a true picture of peoples‟ views to think carefully
         about the questions you ask - unless of, course, Councillors already know the
         answers and word the relevant questions to get those answers.
    12. I find your texts, the questions and the replies that you expect do not always
         agree with what my views are
    13. Requests for comments on future proposals ought to be more widely publicised
    14. Some of the answers in this questionnaire are not as cut and dried as you would
         have us think, eg the GMLC - I do not use facilities for leisure - I get my exercise
         at home through a regular exercise program and walking - but I appreciate not

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       everyone is like me!! Nor would I go to Party in the Park even if it were free.
   15. As you phrase the questions or supply the answers you want to hear this does
       seem a pointless waste of time. How the surveys are conducted is meaningless.
   16. I fail to understand how we have decided that this `Consultation` is an adequate
       and therefore valuable thermometer on how council funds are used. The
       tinkering with such items within is clearly minor, and not representative of a town
       in crisis. There are far more serious items that are not mentioned, and begs the
       question why? For Example.. The Princess Royal Arena Funding, Haven
       Gallery, Barc regeneration programmes, road traffic studies and exorbitant
       Consultancy Fees, failed legal challenges and quality of upper management
       within the Council are the areas that must be examined and evaluated, in order
       to make the document effective. Furthermore the structure of questions that
       `have` to be answered without alternative opinion box is unfair and creates a
       `definite measureable` response, limiting choice of answer. Finally what
       consultation took place on the construction of the `Consultation Document`
       within the Council
   17. The questionnaire provided does not satisfy especially in terms of the question
       relating to GMLC, just because we answer that investing in this provision will
       help to encourage participation in exercise does not mean we agree with the
       investment in this service provision.
   18. Why are there no questions about this, probably the most important issue in
       Boston apart from the bypass which also seems to be bottom of the current
       agenda. Look around you and take note of what ratepayers are saying - the
       majority DON'T want to pay towards the PRSA but they DO want a bypass. Get
       your act together.
   19. Some of the questions in this survey were very poorly considered and equally
       badly expressed.
   20. It appears to be a money saving exercise and not a people one.
   21. Where did section on free parking for council employees go? Or is it part of their
       terms and conditions? If so why was the community not asked?
   22. Also why is there no suggestions about the funding of PRSA, surely the Council
       would save lots of money if these were included in the proposals?
   23. I have a feeling that whatever decisions you make, the bad ones will be blamed
       on it‟s what the majority want syndrome. You were elected to govern and make
       decisions, I'm sure that's what will happen. So I feel sure I wasted my time in
       filling this in.
   24. I generally support paper questionnaires. However, as a professional social
       scientist I am wary of those produced by political organisations with biased
       agendas - like this one.
Demographic questions
     1.    I refused to answer those stupid questions about myself, what has that got to do   12-23
           with anything
     2.    Atheism is different to no religion and should be another option                   21
     3.    Kindly note that we are Boston rate payers and any personal information about      12-23
           ourselves is none of your business. Please work for the community as a whole
           then nobody is discriminated against. Ie, work within the realms of feasibility.
     4.    About me: Further questions not relevant to budget consultation                    12-23
     5.    MYOB                                                                               23
     6.    Extra box would be handy: not in minority group but prefer not to answer as        23
           what the hell has it got to do with anyone or anything
     7.    What is the relevance of this?                                                          23
     8.    Why?                                                                                    12 -
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     9.    What has this to do with budget                                                    12 - 23
     10.   Irrelevant                                                                         20
     11.   I will not answer loaded, pc questions                                             17 - 19
     12.   not your business                                                                  23
     13.   not your business                                                                  21
     14.   None of your business                                                              23
     15.   What has these questions got to do with public spending?                           12 – 23
     16.   this has very little to do with the budget and I am not prepared to complete it    12 - 23
     17.   I do not think that any of the above questions is relevant                         21,22
     18.   Christianity is not a religion                                                     21
     19.   Comment: Q15-Q22 (inclusive) not necessary. Q13 and Q14 may have a                 15-22
           bearing, but not really. Ergo 10 of 22 questions have no bearing on the budget

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        proposals – almost 50%!! PC gone mad.
    20. Why ask this question?                                                               20
    21. What relevance have any of these questions as long as the respondent lives in        13-23
        the District? I suppose you might like to know how many gays use the pool? (or
        want to keep the toilets open?)
    22. This question (Q23) is discriminating & offensive and should not have been           23
        included in this questionnaire.
    23. Q23: why?                                                                            23
    24. I am offended re sexual orientation question that is my business not yours tell      23
        the government to butt out
    25. Q23: I am a good clean Christian Normal                                              23
    26. How can a survey on consultation for Council budget have any bearing on my           23
        sexual orientation. The Council didn't ask anyone if they was a paedofile.
    27. There are more questions on this form about me than the Councils proposals. Is       12-23
        my opinion worth more if I am a muslim? What I am is a fine upstanding citizen
        that up till now has always paid for the astronomical rises in my poll tax.
    28. Q20 What difference does this make?                                                  20
    29. About yourself - I consider this section to be totally irrelevant to the attached    12-23
        consultation on questionnaire
    30. What did this survey cost? More money wasted!!
    31. Q16: I have no disability so why go to Q17?                                          16
    32. Q20, Q21, Q23 - Not prepared to answer                                               20, 21, 23
    33. I think you should only ask questions on, as in this, case, ie budget proposals. I   12-23
        don't think asking other questions is relevant at all.
    34. What have questions 13 to 23 to do with Budget Proposals?                            13-23
    35. Q21 It's racist just asking the question                                             21
    36. Normal – whatever that is.                                                           23
    37. A Question too far-not something that should be a concern                            22
    38. British covers a large number of sub divisions that I am not part of and more
        importantly no wish to be part of.
    39. I have already complained about this and so far disagree with the answer given.      20
        If Asians and Blacks and Irish (Northern Irish still consider themselves as Irish)
        can be given the choice of sub divisions so should I as an English Scottish
        Welsh White. I consider my race as England not British.
    40. Nobodies business - what a question to ask - maybe money could be saved by           23
        leaving people's sexuality as it should be - PRIVATE and concentrating on what
        matters to a Borough Council. Street lights and mundane things.
Other comments
    1. Dear Sir/Madam. I do not feel I am well enough informed to fill in this
        questionnaire on the Council‟s budget proposals, however I do give my full
        support to my local councillor, Mrs Alison Austin, and to the decisions that she
        makes
    2. In the absence of anything better questionnaires are a boon but the figures, ie
        numbers should be published not percentages as they tend to cloud the issue.




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Appendix M: Priorities comments
12. Priorities                                                                                                    Group
Positive
     1. We are concerned that although the 2008-18 Community Plan clearly identifies 'Feeling Safe                GOEM
           and part of your community' as one of the partnership's 6 strategic priorities and the
           consultation document notes that it was regarded by the community as one of the more
           important priorities, it is not identified as one of the Council's priorities for 2009/10. If
           community safety isn't identified as a priority (and included in the District chapter of the SCS)
           there is a clear risk that it will fail to attract adequate focus and resource from county partners.
Negative
                                                                                                                  BAP
     1. Given the proposed CCTV cuts how much does that compromise the Council‟s commitment to
        the community plan? I think it is section four “feeling safe in your community”?
    2. Omission of Community Safety from the list of the Council priorities.
Other comments
    1. Keep Party in the Park, it‟s like the best thing in Boston Borough Council (1st Priority)                  HHS
    2. Security – making Boston safer (2nd Priority)                                                              HHS
    3. Item 6 - (staff restructuring) Yes - savings of £689,000 should be made. Item 8. (Cuts in
        supplies and services). Yes - savings of £326,000 should be made. Item 9 (Raising additional
        income) Yes - savings of £481,000 should be made. As recommended in budget proposals

13. Council Tax                                                                                                   Group
Positive
     1. I'm glad that you are proposing only a 2.9% increase and hope that the council has finally
         leant that you can not keep asking the council tax payers of this borough to keep paying for
         past mistakes and bad management.
     2. As a one-time Borough Councillor for 30 years (not locally) in favour of prudent financial
         policies 2.9% increase seems to me to be a reasonable increase
Negative
     1. The financial situation in this country is dire and likely to get much worse. It is not a time to
         increase annual tax, but reduce it. The amount I pay per year as a pensioner is too large a
         portion of my income – far too large!!!
     2. I object to increased council tax for our area (swineshead) as police do not act on information
         so why are we paying more in council tax for this service. The troublemakers/families should
         pay by cutting their benefits. Hit them in their pockets not ours .... working/law abiding
         residents
     3. The rating system is most unfair. A family with working adults pays 100% and a single
         pensioner receives 25% discount. Most unfair.
     4. Other comments
     5. Enhancing the centre of Boston is a priority. Not checked your budget for this but would
         willingly pay an extra 1% to 3% extra on CTAX if this spent on rejuvenating the centre
     6. I know it is a difficult subject to try and balance it out                                                BC
     7. 2.9% increase                                                                                             BC
     8. It was linked back into priorities. I understand the need for increases in tax but that coupled
         with some services being cut or limited even further, although it‟s not as high as the national
         average I think the Council has been narrow sighted with that.
     9. I wouldn‟t say 0% as can lead to higher rises later on                                                    BC
     10. What about the Council tax?
     11. Are the budget cuts likely to come from taxpayers?
     12. If we can increase the council charge by 5% why are we only raising it by 2.9%when reducing
         services etc can only lead to greater unemployment etc locally?
     13. Overhaul many of these measures only hit a few people. We all hate the increase in Council
         Tax, but surely it is better to have the increase at a realistic rate and keep local amenities
         open. The Council Tax is paid by everyone (or should be), some of these money saving
         measures only hit a minority.
     14. I honestly don‟t see why you are bothering to cut the council tax rise from +5% (prev regime)
         to +2.9%. This only saves me again £1.55 Sounds good, absolutely pointless, you need the
         money.
     15. What steps are being taken this year to force the police to cap their council tax element
         significantly below inflation? We don't want a repeat of their disgraceful undemocratic increase
         of last year, when they have so much scope for efficiency savings. So much so they could
         operate effectively with 0% rise, as was clearly evident within their own budgetary publication
         last year. The Lincolnshire police authority needs to stop this "empire building" mentality which
         pervades the senior officers (past and present).
     16. Although I appreciate you need 2.9% increase bear in mind that older residents increases in
         income are only likely to be 1 to 2% which means the larger increases in tax going to be
         difficult to fund. We hope you will lobby linc county council to keep their increase (and policy)to

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    a minimum - overall 5% is too much all year round
17. I support a number of elderly neighbours. We are all paying extreme amounts of Council Tax
    (well most people) but BBC do not seem to be able to afford what should be afforded. There is
    too much money wasted & also too much goes to lincoln. If Councils have been able to invest
    large sums of money in Iceland & other banks something is wrong
18. Static caravan parks are getting larger and larger - these are not holiday homes. People are
    living their permanently - they use all public services and don't seem to pay a fair rate
    compared with the rest of us - I would like this to be seriously looked into.
19. Also, you should ensure we get value for money from the police authority and Lincolnshire
    County Council, for the exorbitant demands for council tax they make. We do not get value for
    money at the moment.
20. We pay Council Tax at the same rate as those living in town and yet outlining areas of Boston
    do not have access to the same facilities, such as street lighting, street cleaning, pavements,
    public transport. Please give villages and rural areas a more equitable deal.
21. As for the Council tax increase a fat lot of good it will do for Boston or my area. 90% of it will
    go to Lincoln and do us no good at all. In the 13 years I have lived here I have never seen our
    lane swept. Even the farmers don't bother anymore and we have two councillors living in the
    lane. They won't forget to claim their expense though as they drive. I won't mention the pot
    holes. I would need another sheet of paper.
22. Council tax too high. Only have bin emptied and a local street light for the money, occasionally
    use library in Kirton. No children, so don't need schools. Never need police.
23. In the light of current financial position in this country money will be hard to acquire, I suggest
    the Council bear this in mind when setting their Council Tax Budget in an increasingly
    impoverished public.
24. Freeze Council Tax.
25. I feel with the deteriorating economic situation you should look deeper into the budget and cut
    more than you have already planned. This downturn is gaining pace and you may find income
    you have counted doesn‟t materialise.




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Appendix N: PRSA Comments
14. PRSA                                                                                                    Group
     1. I feel particularly sore about the continuing saga of the Princess Anne Centre. It has cost us a
         fortune. Groups using it have not made a proper financial contribution. It has limited appeal in
         the area and is poor value for cost. The Council (ie us!) has been repeatedly outmaneuvered
         and the debt allowed to continue far too long contrary to all original promises. It‟s a scandal!
         Put it to bed now!
     2. Council should stop funding Dabsi and take into council ownership. Move all sports facilities
         there, or close and sell for building land and concentrate sports facilities on Peter Paine and
         Geoff Moulder facilities and school facilities
     3. Funding for PRSA should be stopped now! Let the ******* sue the Council – if they can afford it     MP
     4. No mention has been made of the PRSA which seems to be a major drain on council
         finances.
     5. The Council are saying we need to save £2 million pounds. I feel the Princess Royal Sports
         Arena has been, and continues to be, a terrible drain on finances. savings in that area without
         losing our basic and important amenities would be a much better option.

     6.    I was disappointed that there is to be no cut in the PRSA budget. This white elephant is a
           sheer waste of tax payers money and a significant cut in its budget should save thousands to
           be spent on more worthy causes such as CCTV, public toilets, Geoff Moulder, and let those
           who want to use PRSA run it and fund it themselves.
     7.    THE PRINCESS ROYAL SPORTS ARENA IS ALSO A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. IT
           IS NOT USED BY A MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION I HAVE BEEN WITH A LOCAL
           PRIMARY SCHOOL ON THEIR WEEKLY P.E. TRIP & WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED. THE
           ACTIVITIES COULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN THE SCHOOL HALL, SPEND YOUR MONEY
           ON THE GMLC OR THE PETER PAINE.
     8.    Stop funding Princess Royal Sports Arena savings us a fortune
     9.    Cut funding for Princess Royal stadium
     10.   No further funding to PRSA.
     11.   Dabsi stadium is far too small and useless for the majority of the general public.
     12.   Princess Royal Arena should be scrapped, this would save a large amount of public money
     13.   Stop putting our money into Princess Anne complex
     14.   You haven't mentioned the funding Princess Anne Complex on the Boardside. What are your
           plans regarding funding. Comments please.
     15.   Probably getting rid of the Princess Royal Sports Arena a complete and utter waste of money
     16.   Stop wasting Council Tay payers money on that white elephant sports arena down boardsides
           and use money on roads.
     17.   I notice that there was nothing relating to the amount of money you have given or are going to
           give to PRSA the white elephant of Boston. I have not heard one person who is for all this
           money you are wasting on that arena.
     18.   Stop making any further payments to the Princess Royal Stadium
     19.   Use money from the Princess Royal Stadium
     20.   Stop putting money into the PRSA waste of valuable money which could be spent else where,
           which would help less fortunate people but your Leader won't take notice anyway.
     21.   Sell off PRSA, and stop throwing council tax payers money away on it.
     22.   Into Stop funding Dabys arena, Boardsides straight away. Then put it up for sale.
     23.   Stop propping up the PRSA - the amount haemorrhaged into that would go a long way to
           putting the deficit right. Who is personally accountable for this huge waste?
     24.   ALL THE MONEY BEING PUMPED INTO THE PRINCESS ANNE CENTRE SHOULD BE
           STOPPED. THE CENTRE IS ELIITIST AND IS TOO FAR OUT OF TOWN FOR THE
           ORDINARY PEOPLE - GEOFF MOULDER LEISURE IS LOCAL AND DESERVES MORE
           SUPPORT.
     25.   STOP THESE SILLY FUNDING FOR PRSA - IF IT DOESN'T PAY FOR ITSELF THEN SHUT
           IT
     26.   I think enough money has been spent on the Princess Royal Arena out of town.
     27.   Stop bailing out the stadium. This will save money.
     28.   Stop funding the Dabsi.
     29.   Cease all payments to the white elephant at the PRSA and Haven Gallery and re-charge
           those Councillors responsible for making £5m disappear quicker than David Copperfield.
     30.   No more funding to be put into the PRSA - we cannot afford it.
     31.   Stop funding the Princess Royal "white elephant" NOW.

     32. The money that has gone into the PRSA is outrageous.
     33. STOP FUNDING THE PRSA - ITS A WASTE OF MONEY
     34. There appears to be no mention of the P.R.S.A. in these proposals. I can see no reason why
         public money is still be used to support this facility which appears to be more of a private
         sports club than one which is open to all.
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35. I BELIEVE SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS COULD BE MADE BY REMOVING COMPLETELY
    FUNDING FOR THE PRINCESS ROYAL ARENA AND FITNESS CLUB. IT HAS BEEN A
    CONSTANT DRAIN ON THE BOROUGH FINANCES EVER SINCE IT HAS BEEN
    CONSTRUCTED.
36. I would like to see improvements made with the money being wasted at PRSA... The PRSA
    could not have been built at a worse time in history, just when EVERY sports facility in the
    land was going to be accessible to disabled people by the new DDA. The PRSA is not super
    accessible anyway, they have made an effort on the blazingly obvious but omitted much more
    that would be expected in a specialised disabled facility. Athletic promotion for youth is
    worthwhile almost essential. Could schools identify keen athletes and use and help run the
    track side of the PRSA. I hope the council is not subsidising the non-track facilities like beauty
    gym, pool or rugby club. Is the PRSA liable for rates? If so I don‟t object to subsidising their
    rates. How much is fire insurance for a wooden shed that size? Are we paying that?
37. Stop wasting money on DABSI.
38. All further financial aid to PRSA and let it close.
39. Stop funding the Princess Ann Arena which is costing us all a lot of money each year. The
    money saved on that would ease the budget more.
40. Please Lets stop spending on the White Elephant Called the PRSA.
41. Stop the funding for the PRSA.
42. Do away with funding for the Princess Anne Stadium - a real white elephant that will not go
    away!!!
43. Close the Dabsi.
44. Other comments
45. Let Rugby club take on PRSA
46. It's a little obvious that the council do NOT want ratepayers' comments on the PRSA.
47. Each year Boston Council has the problem of making savings, this year 2 million. Each year
    the PRSA has been funded using Council Tax money. It is time for the PRSA to be self
    financing or close, and not a drain on resources, the country cannot afford the luxury. As I,
    along with all the residents of Boston, were never consulted on whether we wished to fund the
    PRSA project. I am disgusted that this so called independent council still agrees to fund a red
    herring. When I was in business, now retired, I was told, never throw good money after bad.

48. Boston Borough Council should take them self into account. No more funding to white
    elephants ie Boston United FC and Sports Arena.
49. I don't see a hint of any savings that can be made by significantly reducing council financial
    support for the DABSI arena.
50. How about better management at the PRSA to help it pay for itself ?
51. Funding for Princess Anne Sports Arena should stop. This would save a huge amount.
52. STOP FUNDING PRSA - WHITE ELEPHANT
53. I support the prospect of improvements to the GMLC and would suggest that reducing funding
    of the Princess Anne Arena might be a potential solution.
54. Review the need for the continued support of the PRSA, and ask whether we need both this
    and the GMLC on 2 site.

55. Let the Rugby club have the PRSA.




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Appendix O: Staff car parking comments
15. Staff Parking                                                                                             Group
     1. Council staff should pay for their own car parking like the rest of us
     2. Only allow essential users with free parking
     3. Make Councillors and council staff pay for parking
     4. If all the Council staff had season tickets for parking this should bring in more than the
          increase proposed for present season ticket holders. It‟s a waste of time charging Councillors
          to park as they would only claim it back as expenses. Council staff are no different to anyone
          else working in town so they should pay to park like everyone else.
     5. Staff and Councillors must be charged for parking or pay tax for benefit in land.
     6. Council staff should have to pay to park other people who use cars for work do
     7. I do believe like all other workers the staff and councillors should be charged for parking.
     8. STAFF AND COUNCILLORS SHOULD PAY THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS
          TO PARK IN TOWN IF THEY WORK IN THE TOWN CENTRE, AND YES IT IS EXPENSIVE
          TO DO SO. I DO HAVE TO PAY FOR PARKING WHILE I AM AT WORK AND HAVE NO
          ALTERNATIVES
     9. Staff to pay for own parking. No freebies. No increase in public parking and disable to pay
     10. stop free car parking for council workers and councillors.

     11. COUNCIL EMPLOYEES & COUNCILLORS SHOULD BE CHARGED TO PARK CARS
     12. If Council workers etc still get free parking whilst at work that's ok however out of work hours
         they should pay like everyone else
     13. Staff and Councillors should pay for their parking.
     14. Do not make the back car park exclusive for persons with a barrier pass - open it to first come,
         first served; if insisting on charging for staff parking charge all staff regardless of where they
         are based after all next April free parking is classed as a perk and will be taxable. However the
         charge for staff should be on a sliding scale dependent on your scp.

     15. The proposed amounts for staff car parking are unfair. As the pass can be used all the time
         people who only work part time would be able to use theirs just as much but would only be
         paying the half price. Monitoring which staff work on which days etc and then stopping them
         from using the pass on other days is impossible. There is no fair way to give part time staff a
         discounted rate.
     16. Charge council staff to park.
     17. However I do agree that all council employees and councillors should pay for parking in the
         car parks just like the rest of us. If councillors are on council business they should park in the
         car park at the rear of the Municipal Buildings otherwise they should use some of their
         allowances to comply with the parking regulations.
     18. If it includes Council workers, otherwise No.
     19. Given that you wish to enhance the provision of public transport and improve health in the
         community then I suggest that requiring council staff to pay for their parking may encourage
         them to pay for public transport or walk or cycle to get to work. This could also have the
         knock-on effect of reducing traffic congestion. An exercise in leading by example of this sort
         would also be a contribution to building community spirit!
     20. If you make staff pay for car parking the ones who don't currently claim for each mile they do
         on Council business will soon put in extra claims to help pay the parking fee - so your savings
         won't be what you've projected.
     21. Plus charging staff and councillors.




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Appendix P: General comments on the budget
11. General comments on the budget                                                                             Group
Positive
     1. Board member commented that „‟given the circumstances pragmatic way forward‟‟                          BAP
     2. The other savings are regrettable but in a difficult time no doubt there is little alternative         BAP
Other suggestions and comments
     3. With the amount of new housing that has been built in recent years in the Borough and the
         resultant increase in revenue via the Council Tax, I would have thought the Council would
         have no trouble in balancing the books. Are, for example, the proposed closures of public
         toilets being done to divert yet more money to the Sports Centre near Board ides, employ
         diversity officers or some such trendy non jobs so beloved of do-gooders nowadays or
         perhaps to help fund the increasing pension burden that councils are lumbered with.
     4. For Budget Proposals I would suggest that you have so much dead wood, on decent salaries
         that they should go. (I do come into contact with some of them). I have attended some council
         meetings as a member of the public and I have been amazed at the inexperience that showed
         through. There‟s a credit crunch at the money and you have to be cruel to be kind. STOP
         looking after these fuddy duddy – green wellie brigade, and spend the money where it is
         needed.
     5. How much does it cost to support concessions at PRSA gym for council employees and
         hospital employees? Are there the same concessions at Geoff Moulder pool and Gym, or
         anywhere else?
     6. Money in this town is spent on the wrong things.
     7. Why cannot some part of the next year‟s budget go to a fixed bus service on the St Thomas
         Church side of town. There are a lot of people who have to walk a long way for a bus.
         Wyberton West Road, Low Road including the two new housing estates on that road with
         Bayswood Avenue Elmwood. Also there are a lot of people in Marsh Avenue to use a service.
         This area has been very overlooked by the people who made the Town bus routes.
     8. Making councillors pay for parking and not so many „perks‟ at Council Meetings, ie food. As
         Council staff are no different from other employees in the town, why should they have free
         parking?
     9. If I were really able to influence this I would want to know footfall for ALL these - how many
         people p.a use Geoff Moulder, Haven, Guildhall, both relevant toilets, party in the park?
     10. When BBC have sold off all assets what next?                                                          GMLC
     11. Council wastes money hand over fist                                                                   GMLC
     12. Restructure staff – too many chiefs! On too much money. If Boston has no money cut cloth              GMLC
         accordingly
     13. Another problem is you throw money at a problem to solve instead of solving it other ways the
         town is too small to turn it like a city with new Bus bays.
     14. Finally, I can think of many proposals that could produce a lot more substantial savings than
         proposed in this questionnaire. But certain that the bureaucrats would not like it?
     15. With budget cuts it would be interested to know how many "executive" and "assistant
         executive" etc. posts could be cut to fund the deficit in the budget rather than service cuts! All
         councils seem to have an abundance of "top jobs" which rarely seem to disappear!! With
         increasing unemployment there never seems losses in local councils.
     16. Workforce to try and save some money both paper - type workers and manual workers. As
         seen in the community some workers work well ie dustmen some don't ie gardening dept
         cleaners!
     17. I can‟t see anything wrong, but single people can‟t get good housing                                  MP
     18. Redundancies and/or a percentage pay cut should be imposed on council workers, to support
         private sector employees: after all it is your shortfall
     19. The boston cemetery staff, rather than sit in their hut on wet & cold days could be utilised in
         other duties such as street cleaning in close proximately to the cemetery.
     20. Cut your costs.

     21. Concentrate on core requirements.
     22. Focus for savings must also be concentrated at the top end of the salary structure and not just
         at the lower service providing part. Perhaps fewer managers and execs. Would be a more
         productive means of delivering the required savings.
     23. Trim down staff at higher level and all work together to support each and every Department.
     24. All facilities which are Council run need to be viable - anything which is not needs close
         scrutiny. Visitors spend money, but they will not come of there are no 'attractions' or the traffic
         jams get worse or it costs too much for them to park. Keep the shops open by ensuring the
         rents are reasonable. Discourage the apathy people have towards their community.
     25. With ref to £50,000 promised to Woodland Trust, of which the Leader of the Council has an
         interest, if this has not been paid then it should be taken out of any budget in the future. The
         Council cannot justify such donations
     26. Stop funding privately owned businesses and their ventures
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27. Save money do without flower baskets all over the streets
28. Stop council stupid spending on such items as away day's for Councillors (use assembly
    rooms) for such events
29. If the Council could implement the taking over of the responsibility for enforcing all parking
    regulations and collecting the revenue from fines this would surely increase revenue.
30. Stop paying all the add ons to Councillors
31. It would also be cost saving exercise to have all Council employees pay for their own parking
    the same as the majority of workers who work in Boston.
32. I realise that savings have to be made and funds are tight. Over the years BBC has spent 10's
    of thousands on consultants and feasibility studies. Many of these have been proved to be un-
    necessary. This is a time to make best use of in house expertise and avoid spending on
    external 'experts'
33. With the dismal forecast regarding the economy in general many more persons will be
    unemployed and struggling with mortgage and house running costs. I think more Council
    meetings should be held to discuss money saving ideas and at least hold Council Tax rates or
    reduce them this would help all your local inhabitants.
34. Cut back on staffing
35. Please don't waste any more money on expensive feasibility studies or let the media blacken
    Boston's name further.
36. I would like to see savings made by reducing on high paid BBC management - if you employ
    good workers you don't need so many managers
37. Stop giving free schooling/health housing to immigrants, round more up what should not be
    here and out them.
38. Businesses generally are having to tighten their belts and the Council should be no exception
    to this. Only critical + absolutely necessary expenditure should be sanctioned, and savings
    should be sought through shared services and a cut in employment costs.

39. We should make staff available for support coaching which could be self funding. Golf
    lessons, rowing, fishing, football.
40. Staff costs are always of concern, relative to private industry locally the numbers don't add up
    ie (Too many managers!!!)
41. If we made the Christmas market pay for itself. We could manage with less councillors saving
    some expense. Even bringing Speedway back in town would bring more money to the town.
    By charging a small fee for the toilets. By charging less for long-term parking would make
    people spend more money. By stopping the buses going through the shopping precinct would
    make people shop there.
42. No cuts in services.
43. That the Council should only reduce service provision / quality of service delivery as a last
    resort and should focus more on reviewing internal costs and support costs to ascertain where
    the most savings can be made with the least impact on our communities.
44. How about turning the heating down a notch in the council offices. My last visit saw an
    employee in summer clothing in midwinter. The customers wearing winter clothing were
    passing out with heat.
45. Too much money is spent on ethnic minorities/foreign workers/minority religions/gay + lesbian
    groups. Not enough support is given fir local business + normal residents. Too much money
    spent on Council salaries.

46. I DISAGREE WITH MAKING STAFF REDUNDANT AS THEY CAN SAVE BENEFIT
    OVERPAYMENTS ESPECIALLY NOW THAT BENEFIT INTERVERTION VISITS HAVE
    CEASED AND THE COUNCIL TAX VISITER/INSPECTS HAS BEEN MADE REDUNDANT.
    THESE ARE A FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO DEFRAUD. IF REDUNDANCIES ARE
    NECESSARY YOU SHOULD WORK AT SENIOR AT MIDDLE MANAGEMENT WHICH REAL
    SAVING COULD BE MADE
47. Why cant the Borough Council live within their income, like we have to.
48. Too many employed with unnecessary jobs - liaison offices the like. It would be different if the
    officers in charge were spending their own money
49. Put survey in target Cheaper.
50. Making sure only one letter is sent to a house instead of two
51. Abolish the office of Mayor and his car. Not needed.
52. Also sell off West Street office and build new building which is more modern and economical
    to run. Cut down on admin.
53. You could save money if you did not send me 2 questionnaires. This must falsify the results if
    some people fill in both.
54. Reduce the size of this communications section and keep on people who do effect delivery of
    service not those who just administer it.
55. The Authority should cut its overbloated management before making cuts to anything - This
    budget demonstrates the Council's utter incompetence. It cannot be trusted to manage
    anything.
56. Reduce staffing in the Municipal Buildings

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57. There is no mention of staff costs, consultancy costs, etc. The cost base of administering BBC
    is far too high for a small authority and should be drastically cut.
58. Stop spending money on non important things i.e Town Buses, tarting up Boston town Centre,
    scrap Party in the Park unless proper Acts. Geoff Moulder Complex
59. Start spending money on:- Moving all leisure & sports into the same area i.e put all swimming
    pool's football pitches down at Princess Royal Centre Get more Police on the beat.
60. Since LCC appears to make most of Boston CC decisions, could not far more management
    posts be amalgamated leading to further savings?
61. I am sure there are other ways to make savings. Look at money that has been spent
    unnecessarily on other projects.
62. The Council should look harder into not statutory activities we can manage without.

63. Cut back on waste, especially ground maintenance and/or probation support etc
64. Cut unnecessary staff at West St.
65. Maybe whole departments could be weeded out.
66. The management of the council and leader of the council should set examples by taking
    immediate pay cuts in line with the size of this council. Staff put in more time and effort than
    the senior managers so should be paid in accordance with the work they do.
67. All away-days and in-house entertaining should be cancelled - we have plenty of places to eat
    in town without having to cater;
68. The Borough Council should not be losing services, they are already diminished in the eyes of
    the public and as such will just walk right into their scrutiny in terms of lacking as a provider.
69. Stop employing "Consultants" at exorbitant costs and fully utilise in-house staff.

70. BBC should stop "giving away" money - suggestions to save money are not taken onboard by
    the management or the councillors - e.g. do not need a mayoral car or driver; do not need to
    keep spending money on the "shed" PRSA.
71. Start the cost cutting at the top of the council with the overpaid executives, the last people to
    be axed MUST be the shop floor workers.
72. Allow stallholders at Boston market to erect their own stalls- by my calculations this would
    save approximately £80k per annum by not having Council staff to do it.
73. Money should be spent on the essential services that a council should provide, and not on the
    "arts and leisure" that local people do not want e.g PRSA and the Haven Gallery.
74. You seen to be either cutting projects or increasing parking to fund your 2Million saving.
    Wouldn‟t it be better to look at how you spend you money first? For example, what you annual
    cost for mobile phone usage within the authority?
75. Stationary is purchased through a catalogue system. The cost of stationary within the
    catalogue is often more than double the cost of items purchased at i.e. Scooby Doos, it maybe
    more practical and economical to allow each department a budget for purchasing stationary.
    Has it been considered to shop around for items such as toilet rolls etc. I feel things of this
    nature although minor will over time save money. I also believe the smaller picture is as
    important as the larger one.
76. I would hope that, as neighbouring authorities are facing challenging budget proposals, that a
    more pro-active approach to sharing back-office services is pursued, and that more realistic
    costings are considered. However, if talks stall over a period of time, then the scheme is
    abandoned, as the cost of Officer time must be factored in as a cost in these processes.
77. Concentrate on core activities and reduce waste (not rubbish) within the Council.
78. Cut out the pretend jobs.
79. Stop all the ego trips and start doing your jobs.
80. Yeah sack all the staff at the council office in boston handing the whole thing over to Lincoln
    its clear who ever is running the town at present can not do the job, and neither has past staff
    and neither will future staff.
81. REDUCE THE TOP HEAVY STRUCTURE AT BOSTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. IT SEEMS
    NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING TO HELP THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE COUNCIL SO
    WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR THEM??? EMPLOY SOMEBODY WORTH THEIR
    MONEY TO ACTIVELY BRING MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY INTO BOSTON,
    THEREFORE BOOSTING THE ECONOMY.
82. Cutting down on councillors attending expensive functions that do not benefit boston
    whatsoever.
83. Get rid of mayorol car.
84. Stop all entertaining carried out by the council.
85. Get rid of the anonymous chief executive (that would save £120,000).
86. There must be another way, perhaps starting at the top, ie management perks, that can save
    the council money.
87. Other comments
88. Has there been an increase in business rates along with the Council tax increases?                   BC
89. How much will the budget cuts compromise the community plan?                                         BC
90. I presume that the staff restructuring and similar savings have been discussed internally and        BAP
    are achievable so I don‟t feel able to comment on that sort of thing.

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91. It is hard to comment on some of these matters without understanding the detail or the political      BAP
     issues behind them. However, on face value there are some obvious questions.
92. Look seriously at directorship. Are present directors qualified to run an authority. Is the correct
     information passed on to members of the Council. If good management had been in place
     over the past few years would we be in this position?
93. Too much money goes towards benefits and discourages people to work. If encouraged to                 BIC
     work it would relieve some of the burden
94. You are cutting down on your own services, but you need to concentrate on getting extra
     income from the government by fighting for that as a result of the extra population.
95. Home Office (IQquanta) data identifies Boston as a priority area (in relation to Lincolnshire         STAFF
     and family group areas) and GOEM is committed to giving the area and the partnership
     focussed support over the next few months. In addition to our Safer Stronger
     Communities lead for Lincolnshire, GOEM's SSC team and (Partnership Development
     Manager at the Home Office) will be looking to work with the Council and the CSP (in addition
     to working with and through the Lincolnshire Community Safety Board) to seek to understand
     the area's issues and identify possible solutions.
96. On CCTV, we recommend that Boston undertakes an urgent review of its CCTV provision (to               GMB
     assess its impact and cost effectiveness), refers to the Home Office Guidance and to the
     report produced by Nottingham City (which has reviewed its own CCTV provision). My
     colleague would be happy to provide information on this.
97. On the funding specifics, although we understand that Boston is examining the scope for               GMB
     further joint working with East Lindsey, GOEM would strongly recommend that Boston
     maintains a dedicated CSO (we understand that the current CSO is due imminently to take up
     a post in Nottinghamshire).
98. Where did the stock transfer capital go?                                                              GMLC
99. More should be done to help wheelchair users                                                          MP
100. Affordable housing is a good idea.                                                                   MP
101. Need to ensure the specification for the Leisure Trust incorporated reasonable health                BAP
     outcomes.
102. Query over involvement of Peter Paine Sports Centre in Leisure Trust proposals.                      BAP
103. Query raised over practicality of achieving the substantial saving required.                         BAP
104. At times when savings are needed changes have to be accepted but also improvements
     delayed. I would like to extend my house but can‟t accept that it is a necessary expense at
     present. It is also important that the Council itself is seen to be cutting back its own costs.
     What is being done (other than restructuring)?
105. Please adopt a ''Common Service'' approach - do not support - minority projects just to tick
     boxes ie, bus routes in a pedestrian area! - developments which just increase the traffic
     problem ie, encouraging Asda into the centre of town - bottomless pit funding developments
     ie, Dabsi Stadium, surely axing the CCTV scheme is ignoring your own priority to make
     everyone feel a bit safer! Contradiction does not make the public feel confidence in the
     Council.
106. I feel that the position the council finds it self in is of its own making. There appears to have
     been some financial mismanagement dating back general years. These are still outstanding
     issues regarding the moving from the safe of Hinton Court and more recently the Hessle Pear
     site. These need to be resolved and out in the open before the residents of Boston can make
     an informed and advised comments.
107. Once questionnaire has been analysed a group meetings should be held to discuss findings
108. A full zero-based budget process needs to be instigated. Also the total staffing structure needs
     a reappraisal - seems far too many 'managers'. Pay awards need to be related to the real
     world and what is happening currently. The objective should be as low a council tax as
     possible and if necessary only carrying out essential services.
109. It used to be an honour to serve on the council. Now it seems some councillors are there to
     claim as much as possible so removing funds from front line services
110. There are many areas of expense not admitted to which once did not exist. The cost of
     interpreters for example, and printing in many languages, plus providing for sections of the
     population once seen as their responsibility but for the common good the basics must come
     first.
111. I WISH YOU LOTS OF LUCK WITH BUDGET PROPOSALS IT ISN'T THAT SIMPLE IS IT?
112. Proposals have had a detrimental effect on moral and has resulted in a lot of staff, some not
     even affected by the proposals, leaving the Council. The Council must continue to keep staff
     informed and take all measures to try and prevent moral dropping even further.
113. SET SOME OF THE BUDGET ASIDE FOR POLICING OUR ROUNDABOUTS AND BOX
     JUNCTIONS WHICH ARE NEARLY ALWAYS BLOCKED AND USE SOME OF THE MONEY
     TAKEN IN FINES TO PAY FOR A BETTER ROAD SYSTEM

114. I would like to know exactly where this huge loss of money has come from.

115. Better consultation and more explanations of budget issues earlier would have been better.
116. Will the council please understand that we all are in the grip of a recession/credit crunch and

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     that we all have to budget accordingly. The rates/council tax are paid by us all and we expect
     the money to be spent wisely as we do at home. The only reason councils can be cavalier
     with our money is that by law you have no option but pay the tax or face prison. There is no
     arbitration you have to pay. Hence those responsible can virtually do as there please. Given a
     position of power I would certainly change this law and make councils accountable by law.
     This way I am confident that those who take up the roles within councils would be more
     careful. All I ask is that you spend wisely and demonstrate that local requests have a
     business case and business justification. Before money is allocated.
117. Why are the Council still wasting money by purchasing on an individual basis, stationery,
     giving money like a leaky tap to the PRSA, not tightened up on petty expenses that add up to
     a lot of money i.e. leaking taps in kitchens and toilet facilities, continuously annoy the staff but
     threatening to introduce parking charges etc and then expect to have a happy workforce! The
     members have the nerve to request a 72% payrise - albeit that they postponed it yet again.
     Most staff would like the similar amount and would be quite happy to defer the payment until
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Appendix Q: Non-budget comments
17. General, non-budget related questions                                                                      Group
Council
     1. Re Town Clean-Up – needs doing at least 2 x yearly, probably 4 x yearly. Excellent job done!
     2. I come to Boston I think Council should clean Boston up it‟s a disgrace
     3. It‟s time Boston council got their act together and clean up the town and have pride in their
         selfs
     4. Re drink zone policy, I have seen many instances of this being flouted. It‟s not being observed
         and do not recall anyone yet being prosecuted for it. I have picked up bottles within the zone,
         so what‟s the point?
     5. What is the current population? (68,000 is the estimated figure, but the Census suggests
         65,000)
     6. Lots of guys like a proper home, not just a bedsit                                                     MP
     7. I can‟t see anything wrong, but single people can‟t get good housing                                   MP
     8. Fund only essential to life operations like stopping slippery pavements under trees at Wide            MP
         Bargate to save future claims against Council (not by chopping down trees).
     9. Better signage on markets entrance                                                                     MP
     10. Dredge the river – it would lower the river level                                                     MP
     11. Finally I would like to say that public will obviously have to pay any increases you put forward
         but there is no mention of the councillors‟ allowances. Councillors should not be out of pocket
         for performing a public service and whilst I agree with the concept of an allowance for council
         duties performed by elected representatives it should be a minimal figure. I appreciate that
         Boston is amongst the councils paying the lowest allowance but someone has to be lowest.
         Although the object of the exercise was to give opportunities to a greater number of people to
         apply for election to office it does not necessarily follow that this is what happens. In addition
         it does not mean that councillors who are paid an allowance are better at the job than those
         who do not.
     12. Enhancing the town centre would be better off in the hands of planners that know what their
         doing. The present new paved area costs god knows what. Doesn‟t look great. It‟s bland, not
         seats, lights, flower pots etc. Let someone finally arrange it so it‟s done once and for all,
         without continually spending money on it year after year. What about businesses and shops
         spending their money to enhance property and appearances of their own. All this would help
         square up the town centre.
     13. Please, please do something about cleaning up the town, it is so dirty. I am fed up taking
         visitors to Spalding because I am so embarrassed by the dirty town. Take a look down Dolphin
         Lane especially, for over a year the doorway of Millets (not sure if they or the council are
         responsible). There is sick, pigeon mess, cigarette ends, chewing gum and lots of spitting
         everywhere. Doesn't the council have a steam cleaner, Emery Lane too. It can't be that
         expensive surely.

     14. In the Endeavour to save money do not lose sight of the need to improve the surrounds of
         boston. We need to cash in on the tourist trade - sell the glory that is our town, can't do this by
         cutting back on improvements to the town. Work to getting the town CLEAN. Maybe a little
         hypothetication of council tax funding is needed. If 10p of each council tax was set aside for
         the sole purpose of PROPER street cleaning we could afford more cleaners who actually
         sweep the corners as well as the central areas. Only then can we sell our town to the tour
         companies as a place worth visiting.
     15. Cleaning streets has to be a priority
     16. Repair paths and clean roads and ditches, Saundergate Lane East.
     17. Where is funding being used to support those on the poverty line and those who are
         homeless?
     18. More could be done to street cleaning, we have got the dirtiest town in Britain with broken
         bottles and rubbish in every street!!
     19. Stop squabbling amongst yourselves and put the people who volunteer to help the people of
         Boston first and not all the expense of migrant labour being put before locals
     20. In paragraph number 2 all I seem to find that stands out is what the Council proposals for the
         town Centre. and again not a word of the secondary shopping area for example ''West Street''
         or shall I call it ''Indian-Chinese-Russian-Spanish-Port-Turkish'' Whatever it needs alot of
         attention = not very impressive to visitors!!
     21. The Council should stop wasting money, ie all new paving and seats around the five lamps,
         Market place, then a few years down the line digging it all up and changing it, How much has
         that small area cost?
     22. Our streets still are not clean enough. Over the Christmas period they were a disgrace and
         leaving the market stalls out was dangerous. We also need traffic wardens, 24 hours a day, 7
         days a week.
     23. It is obvious we have been lumbered with an inexperienced and totally out of touch council
         after the hideous gimmick of the last Borough elections. The Council needs to restructure
         completely, it will be blatantly obvious come 2011 the voice will show that we have a current
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         council not fit for purpose.
     24. Transport and town centre must be the absolute priority
     25. I would like to see more attention to street cleaning in my area, Sleaford Road, Frampton
         place, Carlton Road, Revesby Avenue, residents to be made aware of their responsibilities of
         keeping properties clean and not becoming environmental health hazards, especially
         residents of multiple occupation
     26. THIS COUNCIL-ABOVE ALMOST EVERYONE I HAVE ENCOUNTED -NEEDS TO
         DETERMINE TO MOUNT A CONCERNED CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES
         TO THE TOWN. WITHOUT REGENERATION THE CENTRE OF BOSTON WILL DIE-THE
         AIR OF DEPRESSION AND REGESSION IS ALL PERUADING - CONCESSIONS AND
         INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT QUALITY RETAILERS ARE ESSENTIAL, A JOINED UP
         PARKING POLICY IS VITAL TO KEEPP PEOPLE IN TOWN (PAY ON EXIT IS A MOST)
     27. REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MEETINGS AND INCREASE ACTION BY THE COUNCIL - CUT
         YOUR CLOTH ACCORDING TO YOUR INCOME
     28. Get rid of one of top BBC jobs. Too many chiefs.
     29. COULD SAVINGS BE MADE WITH YOUR STAFFING BUDGET? WHAT ABOUT A 4DAY
         WEEK? THIS WOULD ENSURE NECESSARY TASKS ARE COMPLETED, WHIST LESS
         MEANINGFUL WORK IS SET ASIDE. I AM SURE YOUR STAFF WOULD PREFER A 4DAY
         WEEK IN PREFERENCE TO REDUNDANCY
     30. ALONG WITH MANY OTHER TENANTS OF ALLOTMENTS, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF
         ANY RISE IN THE RENTS DOES NOT EXCEED 2.9%
     31. It is important that extra care in keeping the areas outside the town centre clean and tidy, as in
         this area we are not doing so, ie the old brush and shovel would be nice to see again,
         especially in Tawney Street.
     32. Clean streets (not just the town centre), well lit and safe. A strong apathetic attitude exists
         here, mostly from young people, and needs to be addressed
     33. MORE IMPROVEMENT FROM THE COUNCIL ON IMPOSING FINES ON PEOPLE WHO
         LITTER THE STREETS AND WON'T TAKE NOTICE OF 'NO CYCLING' DOG FOULING
         ETC.
     34. Would like to see cleaner streets in certain areas of Boston.
     35. Can we have more funding for chewing gum removal?
     36. I have lived in many areas over the years and in my experience councils continually make the
         mistake of going after big projects and big money in an attempt to demonstrate progress to the
         populous. Don't make the same mistake. Get the basics right first. Keep the town clean, in
         good repair, smart appearance and safe then go for projects. If you lift the image of the town it
         will make people want to come here and make the locals proud to keep it in good order.
     37. MORE ROAD SWEEPERS AROUND VILLAGES
     38. Sack half the Council members use savings on expenses to ease the burden on Council tax
         payers
Police
     1. If no CCTV police officers should very often monitor this place. There is a lot of glass and very
         often children from Carlton Road Primary school walk down there and there is glass
         everywhere.
     2. What about non-resident parking in Tower Street. I live there and have to unload my car on            MP
         the pavement and drive round town to find somewhere to park. I am both old and disabled.
     3. I live in Kirton and crime when committed in the village it takes the police between 10 and 20
         minutes to get here. The police station should be open 24,7 so crime would be down so it
         don‟t take more money to catch the criminal.
     4. Get the police to privatise speeding enforcement - the private company would make a fortune
         and something might get done to reduce speed and accidents.
     5. Parking should stay the same, but penalties should double which will stop people parking for
         free.
Buses
     1. For the amount of people on them it‟s stupid.                                                         BC
     2. How many people do you actually seen on those routes?                                                 BC
     3. Shouldn‟t the bus stops be temporary if it is still a trial.                                          BC
     4. The signs should have been put up before the buses start                                              BC
     5. Can‟t reverse when they get blocked with passengers on                                                BC
     6. They would rather clip you than stop; they‟ll slow down but not stop                                  BC
     7. It scares people doesn‟t it?
     8. The buses were coming through and a little old lady was rushing to get out of the way and fell        BC
         over
     9. Whose idea was that?                                                                                  BC
     10. The tone doesn‟t help, it goes straight through you.                                                 BC
     11. When it was first brought in there was more police than he had ever seen. It was questioned          BC
         whether they were there to protect the Council‟s interests or the publics.
     12. I think that people in the smaller villages would pay for it                                         BC
     13. It‟s dangerous for the kids                                                                          BC
     14. What about the smaller villages and stuff, I have to walk 3 miles to my bus stop.                    BC

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15. I would like to see it go further afield but not go through the town.                                 BC
16. Would like to have further discussions on this.                                                       BC
17. You know the Into Town Bus service goes right through the middle of town. I know a lot of             BC
    people don‟t like it going through the middle of town.
18. I know my mate is often getting clipped by the buses.                                                 BC
19. I won‟t let my sister walk through town without watching her                                          BC
20. Advertise buses more
21. Allow inter-town buses to park outside Boots and Next. People walk through centre: good for
    health and for town business
22. Plus living in Fishtoft Village there is presently no reliable bus service into Boston and back. It
    would be a great improvement if the little, fast and regular running Into Town Buses could
    extend the journeys to our village.
23. Whilst I am in favour of the new into town bus service, I think there are far too many buses
    running empty. I would say 50% of the passengers travel fee, surely reducing some f the
    buses would save money. I would also say that 99% of the buses passing through the present
    are absolutely empty apart from the drivel. The bus company is bound to say the service is
    working fine, it keeps their staff in employment at the councils expense.
24. Scrap into town as it causes congestion by not running exactly on time                                MP
25. Whilst the bus that goes through the pedestrian zone now seems to be used quite a lot I
    wonder if there was another way of doing it. What you have done is build an island with a bus
    stop and send a bus at five miles an hour through a pedestrian zone for a few hundred yards.
    Even though the bus has a bleeper going not everyone has hearing. The buses could quite
    easily have sited at either end of the pedestrian zone.
26. In spite of a large public opposition, buses still were routed through Strait Bargate. So much
    for Public Consultation!
27. The six month Bus Trial period has now passed, you inform us. Lots of people I have spoken
    to, that use the buses say how helpful they are. Will you PLEASE EXTEND the route to
    include Horncastle road. The buses already go down Tattershall Road, then turn round and
    come go back again, why can‟t they go through to Horncastle Road via Rawsons Lane or
    redcap lane and back into the Town that way. (Horncastle road does not have any buses at all
    at any time). Sleaford Road and Spilsby Road already have plenty of public transport now they
    have got these buses as well. I hope you will consider this. Yours sincerely an Old Age
    Pensioner of Horncastle Road.
28. The town bus service should include Horncastle Road (as the buses go up & down Tattershall
    Road. They should go through Rawson Lane and back into town                   along Horncastle
    Road)
29. We don't approve of the into town service running through the shopping precinct. If people use
    this service, they probably used the service that ran before this new arrangement. Better than
    there should be 'drop off' and 'pick up' points at ''Boots'' (as before) for an West Boston service
    and use the new shops (opposite the post office) for an East Boston service. Leave the
    precinct for what it was originally intended - traffic free! I guess the ''head'' count on buses
    may well have counted same heads many times-perhaps journeys would have been better!
    Spalding has the ''into town service'' too, but I haven't seen buses going through their market
    place which is traffic free.

30. Town bus service in pedestrian area appears to be a background step after years of improving
    the town centre. It is cost effective and what about the safety of the pedestrians. Bus appears
    to exceed 30mile per hour speed limit in our area at times as do gritters
31. I find the into town service a dreadful nuisance. It robs pedestrians of one of the few places in
    town to walk without vehicles having right of way. It causes dreadful congestion with all
    shoppers, pushchairs, trolleys, etc crammed onto the narrow ships outside the shops where
    constant collisions occur with people exiting shops. The loud-high pitched bleeping from the
    buses is too painful to my ears, so I now shop in other towns not Boston
32. Town Bus Service (40,000 trav estimated) last month put a £1 donation per day on.
33. Cancel the bus through Narrow Bargate
34. The new into town Bus Service. One of your aims should be to reduce the amount of cars
    going into town. As one of the bus routes goes all the way out to Fishtoft why not continue the
    western route to include the Welland Road Estate which I am sure would be well used.
35. There is no bus route down Horncastle Road.
36. Stop those buses going through the town precinct. I have a 15min walk before I can get on a
    bus so this is a waste of space for lazy people.
37. Stop waste on the empty buses dangerously and noisily going down through the pedestrian
    areas.
38. Scrap the bus service that goes through town - what a waste of money whose idea was that??
    People should be encouraged to walk didn't you know?
39. Stop buses going through the precinct.
40. Axe the almost empty 'Into Town Buses'
41. No mention of extending the new bus service as far as tesco to reduce the number of cars
    entering Boston.

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    42. The into Town buses do not come to Wyberton. I have to pay £1.50 to get to school, as the             HHS
         Council will not allow me to have a bus pass, even tho my friends and next door neighbor has
         one.
    43. I have never seen a bus full so it‟s emitting CO2 for no good reason                                  HHS
    44. The Into Town Buses are annoying because they cause a huge amount of agro in the town.                HHS
    45. They nearly ran me over the other day                                                                 HHS
    46. I think the buses should go further out                                                               HHS
    47. I think the Into Town buses should go further out, as there‟s many people who struggle getting        HHS
         into town.
    48. Also, the buses go into Fishtoft, but they don‟t go to Wyberton                                       HHS
    49. The Into Town buses go too fast up to the precinct.
    50. Scrap the into town buses. There is NEVER 3000 people using them as stated in the media!!
Parking
    1. The car parking charges were not reduced as the council seemed to suggest when the idea
         was first brought to the public‟s attention and did in fact increase. Although as you rightly
         pointed out evening and Sunday charges were ended. It would in my view have been more
         beneficial for everyone concerned to have kept the evening charges and decreased the daily
         charges making it cheaper for people to park in the town and to spend their money in the local
         shops. It is even more important now that large stores such as Woolworths and Adams have
         closed down.
    2. I think illegal parking in Boston is terrible and because no one cares it will continue to get
         worse I am sure more traffic wardens using their full power would clear this dangerous
         practice and provide income beyond it's cost!! Or perhaps community support offices could be
         better employed as traffic wardens
    3. I also feel that not enough has been done to lower still extortionate cost of parking in the town.
    4. As a mother I shop around for weekly food. If I go to netto, matalan, market place I need to
         purchase three parking tickets. I asked an attendant if I could purchase one for 2 hours and
         park in all three car parks - he said no - why not, if not change this it's not fair and expensive
    5. Cheaper car parking in town centre like Spalding
    6. Discontinue free parking for blue badge holders. Provide suitable spaces but at regular prices.
         This scheme does exist in other areas of this county (country). There are approx. 20 disabled
         bays around Wide Bargate. Even at 4 hours use per day, 5 days a week at £1 per hour the
         income would be £20,000 p.a. This would require a more robust management of parking.
    7. I find Boston very drab since the town centre was changed we do not go into Boston now. We
         use Skegness and Spalding. I find the car parking is far too expensive. Skegness is only 40p
         for 3 hours. Spalding is free. Boston is dying.
    8. Car parking charges are ridiculous and should be lowered, is it not obvious that people go to
         Spalding to shop instead now?
    9. THE COUNCIL SHOULD ABOLISH ALL PARKING CHARGES FOR SUNDAYS AND
         EVENINGS
    10. I PERSONALLY THINK PARKING CHARGES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AS I LIVE IN THE
         MIDDLE OF BOSTON & SKEGNESS AND COULD TRAVEL TO EITHER LOCATION TO
         SHOP, I ALWAYS CHOSE SKEGNESS AS ACCESS TO CAR PARKS & CHARGES ARE
         BETTER FOR ME THAN WHAT BOSTON CAN CURRENTLY OFFER!! COME ON BOSTON
         ENCOURAGE ME TO SPEND MY MONEY IN BOSTON INSTEAD OF SKEGNESS.
    11. Car parking charges should be reduced.
    12. Car parking fees have to stay low to encourage shoppers.
    13. Parking tickets are far too high! Some residents I know, now go to Spalding to shop - parking
         up to 2 hours all free! This cannot be good for Boston shops
    14. Don't use parking in Boston as it is too highly priced. Free in Spalding
    15. I regularly park in a long stay car park and pay my £2.50 each day. It annoys me when I see
         cars parked with no ticket. When I have phoned the council and complained I am told not all
         car parks can be checked every day - why not? If there was proper enforcement then the
         council would increase revenue considerably.
    16. Any out of town shopping centre encourages use by free parking, town centre free parking for
         limited time encourages town centre use. If shops can make money more will open providing
         more rate income. Charity shops should only get reduced rates if staffed entirely by volunteers
         selling only donated goods all others selling new goods manned by paid staff should pay rates
         like any retailer. If car parking is not free for public it should not be free for council staff/
         councillors.
    17. Parking is already too expensive, especially when I work for 5 hours on Saturdays. I cannot
         afford to park as it is, and I have to find alternative parking out of town and walk to work from
         over a mile away.
Central Government
    1. Everyone knows they borrow too much.                                                                   BIC
    2. But if they print money that will result in inflation.                                                 BIC
    3. The government is responsible for the economy.                                                         BIC
    4. How many businesses are closing? In Boston?                                                            BIC
    5. Want to pay less tax, general, not local                                                               MP

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     6. And another point I would like to make it is ( foreigner) the government open gates, and let
        them in give them money and a house and our jobs. They go to work when they want under
        cut us on pay, and now the country is collapsing because Polish Russian and whoever else is
        taking money for our country and sending it to theres we can‟t just get up and leave when it
        collapses like they can and crime is mainly foreigners now days in my opinion only educated
        foreigners should be allowed to stay in England as since they came England has got worse for
        unemployment and homeless and as for the recession going on its mainly foreigners who
        have borrowed against the banks in my opinion (Russia, Poland and Yugoslavia should be
        taken out of EU.
    7. Then a lot of people will be back in work crime will be down and England will have its own
        money again and the country will fall back into shape. You proberly won‟t take interest in this,
        but this is mine and a lot of people I know appinions. Basicly, the government has given our
        country away. Now every English person is paying for it and it wrong.
Transport
    1. Most people are asking, when are the roads going to be tackled around Boston?
    2. What‟s happening with the bypass?                                                                        BC
    3. Bypass is essential
    4. Boston continues to be a deprived area of Lincolnshire, purely because of transport links. Why
        stop in Boston on the way to the coast? Poor transport infrastructure. Expensive parking! Even
        on Sunday. Window shop during evening hours? No! Parking Again.

     5. Don't forget the latest council members were elected by the public to get a new by-pass.
        Lincoln has awarded it another by-pass (not bad is it)
    6. I am concerned about traffic issues around Boston area e.g. poor traffic flow & speeding in
        30mile limits
    7. It is clear that there is no way that a by-pass can be financed in the foreseeable future. Don't
        waste any more money on it. It is not your responsibility. Do not stand in the way of sensible
        alternative ways of improving traffic conditions
    8. Where can someone leave a bike if they bike into Boston. Would you ask your kids to bike
        from Wyberton to the high school. Is it safe. We can have buses go through the town centre
        but I cannot bike to school? Visit Cambridge and see how they bike to Uni.
    9. We need a bypass but we are not going to get one yet - so stop investing resources into dead
        ends and hopeless schemes.
    10. We have noticed a marked increase in louder heavier lorries running all night along Sleaford
        Road particularly between 1am & 6pm. Almost impossible to sleep + our house is suffering
        structurally
    11. Forget the bypass build new roads off A16 to relieve traffic
    12. Traffic congestion is still the major concern of living in the Boston area.
    13. GET A BYPASS FOR BOSTON
    14. Cars
    15. A regular check on parked cars, as unlicensed cars are left for months restricting traffic flow, ie
        a 3 bedroomed resident house often has 5 cars and 1 bus parked
    16. Refuse
    17. Is there any way the rubbish collection service can be improved? Can garden waste collection
        be given provision?
    18. All refuse should be taken as long as it is properly sorted.
    19. WE AGREE WITH THE FORTNIGHTLY BIN COLLECTIONS, THIS SEEMS TO WORK
        WELL
    20. Rubbish from flats in bags NOT collect so special van has to be sent out, NOT enough bins to
        put in.
    21. All I would like to add is that reorganisation or extra funding is needed to keep our streets
        cleaned. I am constantly having to contact the refuse dept. to have rubbish and full wheelie
        bins removed. I understand they cannot be put into the cart with the regular rubbish, but do
        you want rats as local residents (I don't!). I have a recycling bin outside my gate that has been
        full since June this year. Why can't it be taken away? We will never win an award for being a
        clean town
Highways
    1. Keep safety on the streets - all street lights working

     2.   How about contracting Lincolnshire highways dept about staff of our streets cherry walk
          acacia way hessle avenue just a few to mention they are full of pot holes

     3.   Not strictly to do with the budget proposals, but here are two points which concern me: 1.
          Leaves on main roads are cleared, but could it also be done it streets please (eg, Princess St).
          2.Could more be done to curb cycling on footpaths please - I believe that this is acceptable on
          some busy roads, but should always be done slowly and with care.

     4.   I use the Red Lion Street/Wormgate area of the town on a regular basis and I am appalled at
          the state of litter bags left around, also the parking in these areas in particular cars parking on

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        the corner of these two streets. Cars turning left into Red Lion Street regularly mount the
        pavement making it very dangerous for pedestrian.
    5. The improvement flow south end junction, what a waste of money. The only difference now is
        that they have put extra traffic lights on top of existing ones
    6. Perhaps the enforcement of planning applications on streets like Fydell, where cars cross the
        pavement without proper access being in place, would save pounds, in maintenance of foot
        paths and kirbs. Whilst protecting passers from having encounter vehicles encroaching on the
        pavements.
    7. How about arranging a safe pedestrian crossing at Liquorpond roundabout (nearly a year now
        without one)?
    8. Please could you address the problem that residents of Park Road are daily suffering from
        having their houses literally shocked/shook by the continuous use of Park Road by heavy
        goods vehicles. This is at least an hourly occurrence during the day at the very least and is
        causing damage to my house in the form of cracks in walls and ceilings from the abuse of
        Park Road from HGV drivers over the years!! ie More speed humps, higher speed humps.
    9. Turning off the lights at Liquorpond Street is a tremendous improvement
Other Comments
    1. I had seen the birth rate significantly increase and the use of services. I have seen a 14% to         BIC
        15% increase across departments
    2. But attend Gardening club/Writers club/Poetry club – no input for these are made locally either
        Borough or county. They are run privately
    3. Thought £1 was still being charged for Sunday parking.
    4. Scrap new college and West Street shopping area
    5. Stop building any new shops, fill them that are empty. Bargate End, Pump Square, West
        Street, McDonald, Market Place
    6. No Park and Ride proposals yet. No effort to integrate new arrivals
    7. I think an early evening disco should be available for teenagers
    8. We need to be more proud of Boston with litter, bikes ridden at us on pavement, lack of
        police/official law enforcement. People do not feel safe.
    9. £30,000,000 for a sea barrier to promote having a mariner!!! What about coastal erosion
    10. Our main concern is too many foreigners in the town. They are the main cause of the litter
        problem. The majority of houses they live in make the town into a slum area. Ie overjam bins
        (none are sorted) 'drapes' at the window, cars pulled onto house fronts, hedges pulled down to
        make room for cars. Cars parked on pavements and grass verges which makes for loss of
        grass and causes huge ruts in the verges. Both High Street and West Street are completely
        foreign now. I do not consider myself to be prejudiced, but I think I am getting there as many
        people in this town, we are heading for trouble if something isn't sorted.
    11. Will your Council want to sell the Stump next, because they have ruined our town good and
        proper
    12. I wonder if somebody could tell me how unelected bureaucrats running tinpot organisations as
        town councils earn more money than elected politicians running the country. Our elected
        councillors have lost control. It's as if the country's civil service has taken over from our MP's.
        We appear to be spawning an uncontrollable financial monster to which our councillors have
        lost control. To the rate payers detriment.
    13. I think a lot has been done in Boston this year. I moved here 30 years ago and I find more has
        been done in 2008 than all the time I have lived here. Well done.
    14. Boston High Street is in danger if turning into a ghost town and some of the budget proposals
        will support that demise and damage the community. People need to park cars to work and
        shop - adding another bill on top of higher fuel bills will simply feed into the downward spiral in
        the current climate.
    15. Remove all expenditure related to foreign migrants where there is no specific statutory
        responsibility.
    16. If Boston and area surrounds have increased in population why isn't the town receiving more
        income.
    17. Make use of waste land, turn into facilities for various activities. Make us proud of Boston,
        roundabouts colourful and interesting.
    18. More public events to encourage people to come into Boston.
    19. Funding for foreign nationals who do not speak English should be by those who need it
        personally. Providing information in a foreign language should not be routine. Language builds
        communities ghettos do not.
    20. LINK MEMBERS TO ATTENDENCE/TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. NO TRAINING, NO
        ALLOWANCE. - CHANGE CONSTITUTION SO MEMBERS CANNOT CLAIM TAXI FARES
    21. Pay attention to sickness benefits and encourage people back to work.
    22. Ex Council house why are they rated band A when private built properties the same are band
        B
    23. Working in conjunction with the jobcentre find work for all those who have been on
        unemployment benefit provides them with work doing some cleaning/gardening/painting the
        town. This would give them a sense of worth and pride in themselves and they would be
        earning their money.

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24. Stop giving properties to foreigners - Look after our own!!
25. How is BB Council canvassing the views of E.A.L individuals/groups in formatting plans for
    future?
26. How to promote our town. Boston Christmas market was poor. The following week we
    attended Horncastle market - very good, very very busy all town shop open on that sun
    (wool/hobby shop) butchers and book shops. Music, fun, food, and culture - brilliant. Lessons
    to be learned by Boston
27. Why haven't you arranged for the lost seating in Market Square to be replaced?
28. Happy to discuss any issues to do with place marketing, tourism development and visitor
    services. We all have finite resources. There must be a better way to achieve a better visitor
    experience and market profile for Boston. Lincolnshire Tourism is charged with marketing the
    county as a visitor destination but needs to work with local authority partners to engage the
    businesses in an ambitious but realistic agenda.
29. No-one knows what decisions and if we agree or not until they are sorted out and in process
    then no-one has a say. Stop builders building properties that cannot be sold and end up being
    vandalised and an eyesore.
30. Boston needs more money in to it, not taking out. We only moved here because housing was
    affordable and the facilities are ok. Taking money away will surely result in the people with
    money not bothering to come here and spending elsewhere. Maybe an investigation into the
    number of people falsely claiming free services should be re-addressed too.
31. Boston is not a pleasant place to visit. West street is taken over from people of other
    countries, there are no shops to speak of in the town and parking is too expensive
32. Please remember that the poor, including pensioners, cannot cope with the constant jacking-
    up of costs for services, they are frightened as to how far this will go. Learn to cut your cost
    according to your cloth and stop making decent people‟s lives one long misery of worry. All the
    pleasure has been wrung out of life.
33. Money should be set aside to enable English speaking community to be able to learn a
    different language to aid communication in our diverse community, most of my neighbours do
    not speak English, help is available for them, what about help being there for all your
    residents? This could help reduce tensions & build up relationships.
34. I have not heard or seen any road safety improvements around Boston from money gained via
    speed cameras. Perhaps you could inform the public through local press.
35. THE VISITOR GUIDE SHOULD BE FUNDED THROUGH LOCAL BUSINESS - AS IT
    WOULD BE IN THEIR INTEREST TO DO SO.
36. It would be nice if you have any ideas on how to prevent us 'Boston people' from feeling we
    are the foreigners in our own town. I do not wish this to indicate in any way that I am a racist
    person, I am not.
37. In all things you tend to ignore RURAL Boston and only think of the town, in rural areas we
    have no real bus services and no means of getting to the town other than cars when we have
    to pay heavily for parking.
38. Our town should be something to be proud of. Unfortunately, lots of people now avoid it,
    preferring to go to busier more vibrant towns such as Spalding or old style market towns such
    as Horncastle and Louth. We are trying to be all things to all men and losing our heritage. We
    should major on the history and architecture and get people to look up at the buildings, not
    down at the pavements. Pride should be our new aim. Staff are proud to work in the
    community; reward them with positive approach to the future of this great town of ours.
39. Maybe you should put goodness into the town and make it a safer place to live and to be
    proud of instead of the depressing hole it is now. and please no more phone shops or
    takeaway outlets maybe fill the empty shops with good local shops !!! maybe you should take
    a visit to spalding council they should give you some good tips on how to run a council as it
    seems a nice a very busy little town unlike this one.
40. Sort out West Street.. it's a dump. Fill the empty town centre shops, (but NOT more phone
    shops) before the town dies.
41. I feel that this council has failed. Before it took office, the borough had a credit of over
    £500,000 according to public record. It now has a massive deficit ! Why? Mismanagement I
    would suggest.
42. The council should work closely with Endeavour Fm to improve communication links with the
    local community.
43. The unnecessary money spent on road works is far too much and causes too much disruption.
44. Having attended council meetings I am amazed that any decisions are made, and dismayed at
    the pomp and ceremony attached to the meeting. This should be a business meeting and
    held as such.




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Appendix R: Contents of SLCVS letters




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Appendix S: Bid Letter
Dear Sir,
Proposed Closure of CCTV Scheme
I am writing to you in connection with the Council‟s proposal to consider the
closure of or to seek alternative funding for the CCTV scheme in Boston. The
Board of Directors of Boston BID Ltd is very much against the closure of the
CCTV scheme and in fact it is their desire to see the scheme expanded rather
than reduced.
During the initial consultations that were held when seeking approval for the BID
scheme it was apparent that the number one concern of businesses within the
BID area was the safety and security of people working and shopping in the BID
district.
In the BID business plan both CCTV & the town radio scheme featured
prominently as tools that will be used effectively to combat crime and provide
visitors with a greater sense of security. The BID aspires to obtain a Safer
Shopping award to benefit Boston and the removal of CCTV would not help in
achieving this goal; indeed it is likely to prove a significant hindrance.
The baseline analysis provided to BID by Boston Borough Council in 2008 set
out performance standards for the CCTV unit and indicated that this service
would continue to be provided for the benefit of businesses, residents and
visitors alike.
 This facility provides the police with invaluable support and evidence when
tackling crime and leads to successful prosecutions, which in turn helps to
provide a “safe and secure” environment within the town centre and
surroundings.
CCTV systems have also been responsible for saving lives and generally give
visitors to the town the comfort of knowing that Boston has facilities in place to
deter crime, thus making the town a more attractive place to visit.
The staff in the CCTV unit act as a control point for the town radio system and
the fact that local businesses have a contract with the Council to provide
monitoring services for this system is yet another reason why the CCTV scheme
should not be closed.
Boston Borough Council has declared that it is their objective to improve the town
yet closure of CCTV would appear to be diametrically opposed to this objective.
In addition the fact that the Council is even considering the closure of CCTV
sends out the wrong message, possibly even attracting the criminal element and
dissuading outside investment. Indeed this may prompt existing businesses to
leave Boston altogether and in the Board‟s opinion; therefore, closure of the
CCTV scheme is unacceptable and Boston BID Ltd strongly urges the Council to
reject any proposal to close the scheme or to reduce its area or effect.
Yours sincerely
N Armstrong
BID Manager
c.c. All Boston Borough Councillors
        Peter Holmes – Government Offices East Midlands
        Heidi Wilkinson – Consultation Officer
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Appendix T: GMB Letter

Our Ref: CT/VM                                                       09 December 2010
E-mail: colin.todd@gmb.org.uk


TO:    ALL COUNCILLORS AT BOSTON BOROUGH COUNCIL


Dear Councillor

CCTV

As you should be aware, it is proposed that the CCTV operation is going to be
reduced to single staffing at all times, with the exception of events such as New
Years Eve.

This move, I believe, will be detrimental to the people of Boston, your
constituents, for many reasons which I will outline. But first, the reason to reduce
single staffing is to save £37,000. So the question you need to answer is, are
you prepared to take the risk of a lesser service to save £37,000?

Firstly, the single staffing actually means zero staffing for some of the shift. In an
eight hour shift staff need to have a thirty minute break away from their
workstation, as detailed in the Working Time Directive. Additionally, CCTV staff
should be getting a ten minute screen break every hour.

Whilst at work, the operators are asked by the police to retrieve footage of
incidents or areas where crime has been committed. This takes between twenty
minutes and an hour each time.

On top of this there is the need for toilet breaks.

In one eight hour shift, taking the above into account, if there is one request for
CCTV footage, for which we will allow thirty minutes, the cameras will be zero
staffed for two hours. How much crime is missed?

This is not the only problem with single staffing. Operators can only monitor one
area at a time. The cameras may be on but if a request comes in to watch
events, that is what happens. This obviously means other areas are not being
watched. If there are two incidents the operator can only watch one of them. If
an incident happens and a group of people split up, the operator can only follow
one.
Incidents like these are not made up, they are recorded in the daily log.


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The role of the CCTV operator is more than being reactive to police requests.
They also detect many crimes and disorder themselves, and then direct the
police to the scene. This could be anything from identifying known criminals in
particular areas, people acting suspiciously or car crime in all different forms.
CCTV staff have been involved in over 1000 arrests since April 2007

The proposal suggest that the CCTV Manager, Gilly Gilbert is an extra person
during the day. This is simply not true. Gilly has a job to do already. As well as
CCTV, he is the Emergency Planning Officer and regularly attends meeting and
visits away from the CCTV suite, as well as dealing with visitors at the suite and
the administration related with his roles. He is not a spare part who can drop in
whenever, though he will when he can.

When the service was formed, it was double staffed all the time. Due to a best
value report in 2007, the service was reduced to single staffing except for „peak
periods‟. This was about money. Since the review the double staffing at peak
times has been eroded.

Now we are faced with a further reduction. This time the levels of service will
undoubtedly fall to a level I am sure will be unacceptable to the people of Boston.

So what has changed since the 2007 report? According to the Home Secretary,
Jacqui Smith, „an economic downturn would place significant upward pressure on
acquisitive crime and therefore overall crime figures.‟ The British Crime Survey,
referring to crime trends states, „during 1990-92 the UK was suffering recession.
This led to economic hardship which can be linked to increases in the levels of
crime…..‟. „From 1996-97…..the economy was growing which is thought to have
contributed to the decrease in property crime‟.

In the Times newspaper on 1 September 2008, it is reported that ministers are
bracing themselves for a rise in violent crime and burglary, and also hostility
towards migrants. It also indicates 19% rise in violent crime and 7% in theft for
this year.

The Financial Times newspaper reported on 10 November 2008, „a dramatic
increase in shoplifting as the economic downturn bites,‟ sighting Tesco with a
35% increase in the first half of 2008 and Iceland a 33% increase in physical
assaults on staff.

Lincolnshire Police East Division official figures show Boston has by far the
largest area of reported incidents.

What the Councillors face here is a decision of public wellbeing against a saving
of £37,000. As representatives of the public, in a climate of economic downturn,
which will most likely lead to more crime and disorder, you should put the public
wellbeing first and reject this proposal.

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I am happy to meet with any Councillor to discuss this matter and I am sure the
CCTV operators would also like the opportunity to enlighten you to the issues in
CCTV.

Your views would be welcomed.

Yours sincerely


Colin Todd
COLIN TODD
ORGANISER




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Appendix U: Mark Simmonds MP Letter
                                MARK SIMMONDS MP
                     Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness



Mr McCoy                                                      House of Commons
225 Woad Farm Road                                            London SW1A 0AA
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE21 0EN

22 January 2009



Dear Mr McCoy

Thank you for writing to me to express your grave concern over the proposed removal of
CCTV cameras in the Boston area.

Let me assure you that I am deeply concerned about this situation, as I believe that
CCTV cameras are one of the main deterrents of opportunist crime in this area.

I have discussed this matter in some detail with the Chief Executive of Lincolnshire
Police Authority, and he is as concerned as I am, that the closure of this facility may
have a negative effect on the resolution of crimes.

As such I have written to Councillor Richard Austin, the leader of Boston Borough
Council, to urge him to rethink this decision, and ask that he try to find a way to keep this
facility open, even within the context of the Council‟s current financial constraints.

I have also written to the Rt Hon Jackie Smith, Secretary of State for the Home Office, to
request that funding be found to help keep this facility open.

Once I receive a response from his response I will, of course, write to you again.

Yours sincerely



Mark Simmonds MP
Boston & Skegness




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Appendix V: Lincolnshire Tourism Letter

9 January 2009

Dear Ms Wilkinson

2009/10 Budget Consultation

Thank you for the consultation document on 2009/10 Budget for Boston Borough
Council. I fully appreciate the challenges faced in the coming years.

I note the six ambitions of the Community Plan for 2008-18. Making Boston a
destination and generating prosperity are two areas where Lincolnshire Tourism
could work much closer with Boston in the coming years.

Specific comments on proposed savings as follows:-
   Guildhall reduced opening hours – feel this could be counterproductive as
       visitors may expect week round access. Given the capital investment this
       small saving seems inappropriate.
   TIC – who currently uses this? Is it local people? Does the service have
       a business plan? Happy to discuss this with the team.
   Party in the Park – shame to lose good profile events but much better to
       get the basic services right for residents and visitors alike.
   Visitor services / marketing / tourism – would appreciate a discussion on
       any or all of these so that we can plan together for the next 1 – 3 years.

If you would like further discussion on any of the above I would be happy to meet
with representatives of the Council.

Best wishes


Penny Baker
Chief Executive




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List of References

Boston Borough Council 2008, „Budget Report 2008/09‟.

Boston Borough Council 2007, „Budget Report 2007/08‟.

IDEA 2007, „The Equality Standard for Local Government‟ Diversity in Action in
Local Government, The Improvement & Development Agency for local
government, <http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/6377193>

Krejce, RV and Morgan, DW 1970, „Determining sample size for research
activities‟, Educational and Psychologist Measurement, Vol. 30, pp607-10.


Websites
Office for National Statistics 2009, Neighbourhood statistics,
< http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk>




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