Louth livestock market rumours are “wholly untrue”, says ELDC

ELDC headquarters in Manby.
ELDC headquarters in Manby.

East Lindsey District Council have hit back at “wholly untrue” rumours which suggested that ELDC’s Executive is considering breaking its undertaking to provide a replacement livestock market if and when the current site is sold for redevelopment.

On December 1, local campaign group Keep Louth Special sent a letter to the District Council which stated: “There are persistent rumours circulating that the executive at East Lindsey is considering breaking its undertaking to provide a replacement livestock market in the event of the sale and redevelopment of the above site.

“We would like to remind you that there is a legal requirement to provide an alternative site in that event, which was reinforced by the ruling of Mr Justice King at Leeds Crown Court on November 27, 2014.”

The letter continued: “It is quite clear that the single strongest reason for Mr Justice King accepting ELDC’s argument for the power to make a sale was because of the obligation to make suitable provision for livestock sales elsewhere, i.e. a new market. This promise was made publicly and repeatedly throughout the marketing and sale process for the site in 2014.

“If ELDC decides to try to break its promise to Lincolnshire’s farming community, it can expect serious legal consequences to ensue. We trust therefore that the executive can assure us that these reports are false and that ELDC will fulfil the obligations to which it has publicly committed.”

Following an enquiry from the Louth Leader, an East Lindsey District Council spokeswoman said: “We have no idea where the rumours have come from and they are wholly untrue.

“The Council took a decision in July 2014 that if the existing Livestock Market site were to be redeveloped a replacement Market should be developed before the existing site ceased to operate.”

• The potential sale of the current livestock market site is set to be discussed at an ELDC meeting next year.