Planning verdict ‘a blow to Mablethorpe’s youth’

Pictured are back row from left: Jaki Lucas, John Mitchell and Pete Spybey. Front row: Ros Hicks, Jaki Lucas, Paul McSorley (Lindum), Stuart Richardson (Lindum) and Nigel Howell, chief executive ELDC.
Pictured are back row from left: Jaki Lucas, John Mitchell and Pete Spybey. Front row: Ros Hicks, Jaki Lucas, Paul McSorley (Lindum), Stuart Richardson (Lindum) and Nigel Howell, chief executive ELDC.
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THE young generation of Mablethorpe was dealt ‘a kick in the teeth’ when Lindum’s development plans for the town were rejected, a campaigner has claimed.

Speaking at a public meeting at Tennyson High School last Wednesday, MAGLIN (Mablethorpe Action Group for Support of the Lindum Development) member Pete Spybey condemned East Lindsey District Council’s rejection of the £50million supermarket and housing application.

“The kids are leaving school with good qualifications but there’s nothing for them here, they have to move,” he claimed.

“It’s a real kick in the teeth as this development would have brought construction jobs and apprenticeships.

“The only local jobs are seasonal. My own two nephews have left town to join the army.”

Caroline Bailey, head of humanities at Tennyson, said her pupils were disheartened at the lack of job opportunities awaiting them. “It’s exasperating when my colleagues and I are working our guts out to provide a good education,” she declared.

ELDC chief executive Nigel Howells reminded the 80-strong meeting that the proposal was unanimously turned down on December 15 over fears of flood risk and potential damage to the existing town centre shops.

But that was challenged by some members of the public and Lindum director Paul McSorley, with the latter promising his firm were exploring ‘mechanisms’ to get the application re-heard by the planning committee.

Though he sensed ‘a groundswell in favour of the application’, Mr Howells warned that the campaign might be a ‘dead duck’ if the rival Tesco application wins final approval.

He added: “As yet, nothing has been determined – no deal has been done.”

A district council spokesman said no further decisions had yet been made on the application.

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