Boston is a port and market town in Lincolnshire, on the east coast of England. An ambitious plan to make this town one of the major food ports in the UK is set to be backed by the borough council. Members of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee were told last week that a huge opportunity exists for the port of Boston as the UK will be leaving the EU.
Late last week, members of the committee agreed to support the report, which will go before the council’s cabinet shortly and recommends that the authority backs a feasibility study by Midlands Connect to take the project further. According to the report, the project fits in perfectly with the Town Deal’s proposal for a Centre for Food and Fresh Produce logistics is set up in Boston.
Councillors were told how “it became apparent, through consultation with fresh produce supply chains, importers, wider partners and the Fresh Produce Network, the volumes of imported perishable goods that arrive into South Lincolnshire, together with the clustering of food production locally, there is the opportunity for a wider project to be considered.
Economic development manager Clive Gibbon stated: “The Port of Boston is ideally placed with its proximity to the “Free Port” of Rotterdam and the Port of Amsterdam to become the food port of the UK. Creating a sector driven asset would not only be of importance to the local and regional economies, but also have real international significance to nurture and facilitate greater imports and exports, stimulating sector growth opportunities and inward investment within the food production sector.”