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Bus station: Councillor's thanks for public views

Councillors are having detailed talks about the future of Boston bus station following comments from the public.

Cllr Derek Richmond, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for the town centre, floated the idea of removing the existing shabby, dirty and vandalised shelters and providing two new ones.

The suggestion was to site the new shelters across the road from the existing ones and not provide seating, in an effort to dissuade those who congregate to drink and then urinate and behave badly.

Cllr Richmond said: "I am very grateful for all the views expressed and suggestions made by the public. They have confirmed the opinion I and other councillors shared that something had to be done about the bus station.

"It has been very useful to gather this public opinion. There was never an intention not to provide some sort of shelter, and we are now looking at different options and will consult with the bus operators. Shelters with seats have not been ruled out. We are looking at the best vandal-resistant options.

"One of our main concerns is that the current shelters are not a good advertisement for Boston when people come to visit by public transport. We want their first impression of Boston to be positive so they are encouraged to stay and return."