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Decision on Boston having its own town council delayed indefinitely

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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ANY decision on whether Boston should have its own town council is unlikely to be made for some time.

Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) recently debated whether such a body should be implemented.

Boston Borough Council chief executive Richard Harbord told members that creating a town council would lead to BBC losing some powers if a town council was set up.

Mr Harbord said: “Town councillors will be able to run their own services in their own way and comment fairly on planning.

“However, there will be a cost involvement and it would be up to the new town council if there would be a rise in council tax.”

BTAC would no longer exist and would be replaced by the town council if a decision to go ahead was made.

But any decision on whether Boston should have a town council will not be made until a future date, when a new administration is in place after the next elections.

Councillor Paul Kenny said: “I think this is an opportunity for people in the town to have the same local democracy as others do in rural areas.”

BTAC chairman councillor Mike Gilbert said: “You can not have too much democracy but it does cost money.

“It is worth keeping it on the table and reviewing it again in the future.”

Should the council decide to go-ahead with a town council a petition must be launched, gaining the support of Boston people and enough signatures are gained then the local authority must set up a Community Governance Review.

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  • Bolshie  |  February 27 2013, 8:28PM

    BTAC chairman councillor Mike Gilbert said: "You can not have too much democracy but it does cost money". I think he uses the term democracy (as councils do) to describe the number of elected representatives and government in general, not the democratic concept per se; so yes you can have too much and yes it does generally cost (waste) a lot of money. It is recognised that organisations with many layers of authority in the heirarchy are overly expensive, overly bureaucratic and inefficient in decision making. The key to efficiency in democracy is flatter structures in which the voice of the electorate can reach the decision makers quickly and without passing through countless screens and filters at committees, focus groups etc along the way. So I believe that we should actually get rid of everything between the parish and county council - it's a waste of time and money! "It is worth keeping it on the table and reviewing it again in the future." No - it absolutely is not.

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