Louth councillors vote to take legal advice on Cattle Market despite rise in costs

Louth Cattle Market.
Louth Cattle Market.

Louth Town Councillors have voted to go ahead with a legal consultation which could lead to a judicial review on the sale of the Cattle Market, despite a rise in the cost of doing so.

Councillors were initially informed that the cost of seeking initial legal advice would be around £800, but the Mayor of Louth, Councillor Andrew Leonard, confirmed that the cost is now expected to be around £1,250.

Speaking to fellow councillors at the Louth Town Council meeting on Tuesday (August 26), Coun Leonard said: “Because of the complexities of it, it’s going to take a little bit more money than what we expected, so I’m putting a request to you, a proposal to accept the increase, and the total value will be £1,250.”

Coun Ballard agreed, and said: “It is a bit more than we wanted to pay, but it is an important thing that we have to go through. We have to just see where we can get with it.”

Coun Ottaway also supported the decision, and said: “Of course we should go on - this is important.

“It might not be important to East Lindsey District Council but it is certainly important to the majority of people of this town.”

Coun Watson said she agreed with the Town Council’s actions, but suggested that it was not prudent to take legal action so quickly.

However, Coun Leonard responded that there is a three month time limit for any such action to be taken.

Coun Horton later asked whether the costs of any future judicial review would be returned if the Town Council’s case is proven, with Coun Leonard assuring him that this was the case.

Coun Horton added: “Potentially, if it’s founded, then it’s at no cost to the rate-payer.”