Louth Town Council write to ombudsman over proposed Cattle Market site

Sessions House in Eastgate, Louth.
Sessions House in Eastgate, Louth.

Louth Town Councillors have voted to uphold their opposition to a proposed Cattle Market site on the Fairfield Industrial Estate, and will also write to the planning ombudsman to question why East Lindsey District Council are dealing with the application when they have “a financial interest in seeing the application go through.”

The application, which was granted outline planning permission in July 2012, includes plans to erect a building for use as a cattle market, cattle slaughter auction, and auction house.

The Town Council had previously opposed the plans on the grounds of traffic volumes, sensitive neighbouring businesses, and an unsuitable location within the industrial estate (on land adjacent to Windsor House in Belvoir Way).

Councillors stood by their objections at the Planning Committee meeting held on Tuesday November 11, chaired by Coun Sue Locking.

Coun Treanor stated: “It’s the wrong place to be bringing cattle in. Nobody is happy about this.”

Coun Ottaway agreed and said: “It is all wrong to have a cattle market up there”, with Coun Ward adding: “This is a terrible location, and it is just not going to work.”

Mayor of Louth, Coun Leonard, said: “What I want to know is why the District Council are even handling this, let alone the first application that came through, when they have a financial interest in the whole thing going through.

“The District Council have an interest in seeing this application go through and succeed, because that then ultimately leads them to have provision of a site for a future cattle market. Without this, they’re good and snookered because they’ve nothing in the pipeline ready to go.

“How on earth can they sit as judge and jury on something that has a financial gain for them? It should be dealt with outside the area by an independent assessor.”

Coun Ballard also voiced her opposition on the grounds that the “vibrant industrial estate” could be deserted by businesses if a cattle market were to be built nearby.

“Let’s put some cattle up, let’s annoy the neighbours, and the neighbours will move”, she said. “Then we will not have a vibrant industrial estate, and then we really will be up the creek without a paddle won’t we?”

The Council then voted to oppose the plans, and - following the proposal from Coun Leonard - it was also decided that Coun Locking would write to the relevant ombudsman to query ELDC’s involvement in the planning procedure.