Keep Louth Special welcomes the renewed interest in the future of the town shown by the Move Louth Forward group, which had its inaugural meeting on April 1.
While we cordially disagree with their contention that Louth needs additional supermarket capacity beyond the Aldi which is coming to the Malt Kiln, we do want to encourage them to get involved.
Yes, anyone who has the stamina and commitment to attend evening meetings at ELDC and Louth Town Council, lobby councillors, and give the hundreds of hours required to make a difference (in any direction) needs endurance to give it their best shot.
What we would say is that if the aim is to move Louth forward, it needs to play to the town’s strengths. To get the best out of Wayne Rooney, you give him a football, not a cricket bat. Likewise to guarantee the prosperous future of Louth, the visitors who come in their droves, the thousand or more employed in local shops, the reputation as Britain’s favourite market town, then you have to play to Louth’s strengths: the depth of offering in the independent shops and the town market, the provenance of the food, the Georgian character and heritage of the town, and the many market events which are possible only through the unpaid work of dozens of volunteers at Louth Town Partnership. Louth has already made a mark nationally through sticking to what it does best. To go in the opposite direction makes no sense. There is, after all, no national award for ‘Best Grimsby wannabe’ and no tourism or jobs in it either.
We already have well over 3,000 signatures garnered in the town for a petition to ask ELDC not to sell the Cattle Market site for a supermarket. Such petitions under Localism legislation should lead to the council conducting a local referendum. Move Louth Forward says it want to give a its supporters a voice.
So I would hope that they can agree with us that ELDC should consult the people who elected them before they make any decision which is so crucial to the town.
If so, we would work alongside them to make sure all our voices are heard through such a referendum.
• Move Louth Forward holds its inaugural public meeting tonight (April 1) at 7pm, at the Dance Garage (behind Halfords) in the Fairfield Industrial Estate. Nick Louth will be on the panel, representing Keep Louth Special.