Anxious market traders claims

STALLHOLDERS are ‘fed up’ with uncertainty over the future of the outdoor markets in Louth, Mablethorpe, Horncastle and Spilsby.

This claim was made by Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders during a heated debate at the September full meeting of the East Lindsey District Council.

She was commenting in the wake of a decision by ELDC to retain control of the markets rather than to transfer control to town councils as had been intended earlier in the year.

Her concerns were echoed by Coun Tony Howard who accused the authority of ‘lurching back and forth’ over the issue.

“The public must be wondering what the hell we are doing,” he argued.

Concern was also voiced by Coun Ed Mossop who called on the executive board to ‘resume a constructive and co-operative dialogue with the four town councils to pursue the principle of local management of the markets’.

But this view was rejected by Coun Neil Cooper, who said the town councils had previously ‘failed to engage in meaningful discussions’.

The meeting heard that portfolio holder for regeneration, Coun Clive Leyland, was exploring ideas for breathing new life into the markets – particularly those in Horncastle and Spilsby which were described as ‘vulnerable’.

Coun Mark Anderson said people ’didn’t give a hoot’ over who was at the helm of the markets so long as they were run efficiently.

“The aim should be for them to make a profit to free up more money to invest in providing services to the public,” he urged.