MP SIR Peter Tapsell was among those casting a keen eye over last Saturday’s public meeting on Lindum’s controversial development plans for Mablethorpe, with residents turning out in their droves to speak out both for and against the project.
One resident claimed Mablethorpe risked being renamed ‘Smellythorpe’, while others said the £50 million investment would provide a welcome shot in the arm for the local economy, generating jobs and encouraging young people to stay in the area.
Lincoln-based Lindum Developments want to transform greenfield land off Golf Road by building a supermarket, restaurant, petrol station and almost 200 houses and apartments.
Resident Malc Nicholls warned the 150-strong crowd at the Community Hall that, if the scheme goes ahead, the Golf Road area would be blighted by drainage and sewerage problems akin to those in Grosvenor Road.
“The pong of sewage would waft over the town and anywhere downwind,” he declared. “Do you think holidaymakers would return to a town that has been dubbed Smellythorpe?”
But Robert Doughty, a consultant for the developer, retorted that the drainage issues could be adequately addressed.
Meanwhile East Lindsey District Council chief executive Nigel Howells and MP Sir Peter both spoke of the need to balance the interests of local residents with the urgent need for new housing in the town.
Although Sir Peter expressed his opposition to out-of-town supermarkets, because of possible impacts on town centres, he said Mablethorpe needed an influx of ‘new blood and investment’ if it were not to slide further downhill. “We don’t want the town to become a geriatric dormitory,” he insisted.
The application is likely to be decided by ELDC at their December 15 planning meeting, but the Leader understands Lindum are keen for it to be heard alongside Tesco’s supermarket application on November 17.
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