Question Time-style business meeting in Sutton on Sea draws lively debate

CONCERNS over High Street traffic congestion, adequacy of emergency response facilities and uncompleted housing schemes were among the concerns debated at a recent meeting of local business owners and community leaders in Sutton on Sea.

Local business group MASCOT (Mablethorpe and Sutton Chamber of Trade) organised the Question Time-style event with panelists such as East Lindsey District Council’s head of planning, David Loveday.

An audience of around 50 enjoyed the debates with Mr Loveday urging that ‘united determination’ would achieve local goals.

Question master was local man Michael Wellby who, along with fellow panelists Tony Lawton (Housing Director of Lindum Construction), Andy Baxendale (Regional Manager of the Environment Agency) and David Brailsford (General Manager of Sutton Spring Holiday Estate Group) led a lively debate.

‘The town is too small’ was the view expressed in answer to the suggestion a new cardiac arrest and stroke victim unit at Mablethorpe would reduce deaths, create new jobs and stimulate the economy.

Though panelists agreed the current 45 minute response to nearest emergency service did place the community at an increased risk, it was agreed that it was ‘perfectly reasonable for the LIVES First responders group to seek regular year round funding from the local community’ in order to support their rapid minute emergency response.”

Heartened by the favourable progress of the new Mablethorpe Website, developer Keith Butters reported that the new fully inclusive site should be up and running by Easter with continual development thereafter.

Members also heard from David Brailsford how his company were already benefitting from their newly installed solar energy farm at their Trusthorpe Hall site,

“Its looking good.” he said, “We will certainly be looking favourably at similar developments on our other sites.”

Closing the meeting, MASCOT Chairman John Handley thanked all participants and reminded businessmen that joining MASCOT was their opportunity to help shape the future of their community.

The next meeting will be in June.