Top veg AND greenest market
Boston's celebrated market has won a top regional award for being green - and it's not for its veg stalls.
From left: Boston Borough Council's economic development officer Ian Martin, Boston Borough Council Chief Executive Richard Harbord, Sue Gosling holding the greenest market award, council leader Cllr Peter Bedford, portfolio holder for the town centre and markets Cllr Derek Richmond, and markets officer Dave Lupton.
The National Market Traders Federation made the award after declaring Boston Market to be the most environmentally friendly in the Midlands. There were also regional winners for the north and south of the country. The overall winner was the northern region winner, Ashton-under-Lyne.
Boston Market was entered by market trader Sue Gosling, who runs the Tasty Tucker refreshments unit, and was judged in collaboration with Friends of the Earth.
He said the council had reduced the environmental impact of the market by introducing a range of measures including recycling of waste which had dramatically reduced the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
Stall holders had been supplied with low energy strip lights, reducing power consumption and negating the need for traders to use generators.
As part of refurbishment of the Market Place the council has installed additional cycle stands, allowing people to visit the market without having to use their cars.
The Into Town Bus Service allowed local residents to travel to the town centre to visit the market without having to use their cars. Currently 25,000 people per month use the service.