A Louth Councillor has claimed East Lindsey District Council are guilty of ‘poor economy’ after ‘not bothering with the cattle market for year after year after year’.
Coun George Horton, speaking at the Louth Town Council meeting on Tuesday May 21, said the town’s cattle market had been left in a poor state due to a lack of spending.
The debate came just days after ELDC announced it will be seeking ‘expert advice’ over whether to cash in on the Newmarket site after receiving ‘significant interest’ from major supermarket retailers.
Coun Horton, who is also a district councillor and openly declared that his firm used the site for auctioning, said investment in the cattle market was key to seeing it thrive in the future.
“I spoke to Councillor (John) Upsall after the meeting, he said the council wanted to put it to bed one way or another,” Coun Horton said.
“The cattle market is in a poor state because East Lindsey haven’t bothered with it for year after year after year. It’s poor economy brought about by ELDC.
“We’re a market town, we have a thriving market and a thriving cattle market, we should invest in it and use that site as a conference centre.
“We should be pouring money into it, East Lindsey have sat back and watched it deteriorate and we have a duty as a council to stand up for the people.”
Coun Trevor Marris, another local businessman, said he was surprised at East Lindsey’s announcement. “I thought they were going to tell us they had sold the site and that Tesco were coming,” he said.
“It’s very frightening to most of the businesses in Louth, we’ve got to keep our eyes and ears open.
“I hope that whoever does the survey isn’t working for the supermarkets, Mary Portas would to a good job I’m sure!”
Town and district Coun Brian Burnett urged East Lindsey to look at other options for the cattle market site, but accepted that selling it as a supermarket would bring in the biggest income for the taxpayer.
“But we’ve got a right to be concerned, the capacity for a supermarket on that site has been way overstated,” he told the meeting.
Coun Laura Stephenson, another town and district councillor, said the cattle market could be made ‘absolutely brilliant’ by using it for a host of other events through the week like car boots sales and conferences.
But Coun Margaret Ottaway called for people to give East Lindsey District Council a chance to make the right decision.
“Instead of always attacking East Lindsey we should try and work with them,” she urged.
The council agreed to set up a working group, led by new mayor Coun David Wing, to monitor future developments over the cattle market.