The prospect of a supermarket building a new store in Louth came under fire from the town’s councillors at Tuesday night’s Louth Town Council meeting.
During a debate over East Lindsey District Council’s Draft Core Strategy, the local plan which sets out strategic policies for the growth and development of the district up to 2028 which is currently out to consultation, councillors raised the fear that the document could pave the way for supermarket to be built on the council-owned cattle market.
Councillor Andrew Leonard said that a supermarket would do ‘a lot of damage to Louth for very little gain’. “People who think Louth Town Council are against supermarkets per se are wrong, we are against the belief that the people of Louth think they would get a full-size superstore,” he said.
“All it would do is cause damage to Louth for very little gain.”
He also said ELDC would ‘have to answer to the electorate’ if they sold the Louth Cattle Market site, which he described as Louth’s ‘crown jewels’.
Discussing ELDC’s decision to employ London-based planning firm Nathaniel Lichfield to carry out a £24,000 study of Louth, Horncastle and Alford which will feed into the Core Strategy, Coun Leonard said: “It cost £24,000 and they can’t even spell the word Louth. The whole thing is flawed from start to finish.”
Coun Roger Featherstone continued: “Tesco in Cleethorpes is 10,000 sq feet, a supermarket on the Cattle Market would be three times smaller.”
Coun Trevor Marris said he feared a supermarket would not bring jobs to the town. “It would be a majority of part time jobs and a minority of full time jobs,” he told the meeting.
Questioning the study’s reported 600 phone interviews with local residents, coun Margaret Ottaway asked whether anyone knew anybody who had taken a phone call.
More debate from last night’s meeting will follow.