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Six speed indicator sites for Boston

New equipment which can gather information about vehicle speed and indicate the real-time speed of traffic travelling past it, is to be installed in Boston.

Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) agreed to fund the speed indicating device (SID), totalling £3,198 with a management fee of £847 plus three per cent per annum. The battery-powered equipment can be easily moved from location to location and members will identify six sites throughout the BTAC area for the device to be located.

The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has made the equipment available as part of its Community Speed Watch programme. One resident has already suggested that London Road should be one of the locations.

The partnership recommends that the signs are more effective if they are moved around and says no sign should be left in place for more than six weeks. They recommend two weeks.

BTAC also agreed to fund the £5,368 cost of an additional CCTV camera for Emery Lane, Boston, in order to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour associated within this area. The committe said that the council would have to fund the maintenance costs.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for community safety, said: "Crime prevention and reduction, including vandalism, in areas such as this, will always present challenges. I am grateful, as will be the businesses in Emery Lane, for this assistance so that, subject to Cabinet approval, we can provide an additional CCTV camera, which will fit in with the upgraded CCTV system now operated by the council."

BTAC has awarded the following community grants:

£1,000 to Endeavour Radio towards the cost of equipment needed to commence broadcasting on FM following the award of a full-time community radio licence by Ofcom for five years;

£1,000 to Blackfriars Arts Centre towards the cost of repairing the lean-to roof above the stage of the building;

£900 to Boston and District Athletics Club for children from within the BTAC using the pole-vaulting and hammer-throwing equipment.

Councillor Stephen Raven has been appointed chairman of BTAC (Boston Town Area Committee).