Queen Street tunnel is ‘not an issue’ says Louth businessman

The tunnels were beneath the former Allinson Print building.
The tunnels were beneath the former Allinson Print building.

Louth businessman Geoff Allinson has said that construction will continue as planned after ‘tunnels’ were unearthed on his land.

The former Allinson Print building in Queen Street, at the junction with Church Street, was demolished last month after an eight-year battle.

Ten new homes are set to be built on the site, with construction work set to begin within the next couple of weeks.

The project is due to be completed by early 2015.

However, following the demolition, the entrance to a tunnel was unearthed, leading to concerned residents commenting on social media that construction should be stopped and the site further investigated.

One comment on the ‘Louth Historys and Memories’ Facebook page, where photographs of the tunnel entrance has been shared, read: “Has a historic site been negligently destroyed here? It was all knocked down and covered up in a hurry.”

However, Mr Allinson said that the tunnel has been known about for many years, and that an extensive historical survey from ELDC, a desktop survey and a bat survey have all been carried out.

Mr Allinson added: “It’s just a cellar, really.”

Local historian Chris Marshall said: “I believe the opening on the demolition site leads into cellars underneath the old brewery that stood there from at least the mid-1800s.

“The older areas of the town are likely to be riddled with cellars and this is particularly true of the Cornmarket.

“Also there are the cellars under the old Market Hall that were opened up some years ago as a nightclub. No doubt there are others just waiting for somebody to discover.”