Boston residents have voiced their frustration at the lack of supermarkets on the east side of the town with some opting to travel to Skegness instead. Plans were recently approved for a new Aldi on Swineshead Road, on the west side of town, which is to be built near existing Lidl and Tesco stores.
The town already has an Aldi on Queen Street and an Asda on Lister Way nearer the centre of town, but some people living in and around the east side would rather travel up the A52 to go shopping. Responding to the plans for the new Aldi on social media, one Facebook user wrote: “Agree with comments about supermarket needed to the east of the town.
“No choice but to travel into Boston at the moment. I live in Old Leake and mostly travel to Skegness for Aldi, M&S and B&M, so much easier than potentially sitting for half an hour in traffic.”
Another user said: “Why oh why can’t there be a supermarket the other end of town i.e. by Dobbies. Everybody in that area has to either trail across town, which isn’t always easy, or go further out to Skegness.”
One user wrote: “So yet again all in the same area. I live In Freiston and we desperately need something this side of town. I would rather travel to Skegness for shopping, as do a lot of people over this side of town than have to deal with Boston traffic. It’s sad as it takes the revenue out of the area.”
Proposals for the new Aldi store, which will be approximately 1.6 miles southwest of the town centre, were submitted to Boston Borough Council in October last year. The supermarket is set to be around 1315 sqm in size and have 118 customer parking bays as well as provide jobs for the local community.
Boston Borough Council has been approached for comment.