Cattle market scrutiny petition already hits 1,400-name mark
A PETITION calling on a full scrutiny of Louth Cattle Market has already achieved 1,400 signatures.
Louth Town Council organised the petition which is to be presented to East Lindsey District Council calling on the authority to hold a full scrutiny into the whole of the cattle market site.
East Lindsey District Council are to make a decision later this year on whether to sell the site for development, possibly to a supermarket.
But since the petition was launched, the council's overview committee has already said it will hold a scrutiny into the livestock market due to the amount of public interest.
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Councillor Andrew Leonard said the petition has already reached the 1,400 trigger mark to open up a full debate.
He said: "What makes it difficult is that now East Lindsey has chosen to form their own scrutiny group, the worry with that is will they be setting their own agenda. Sitting as their own judge and jury does not bode well."
But Cllr Makinson-Sanders tried to reassure that the scrutiny process will be open and honest.
She said: "I would not be too worried about the process."
There were also concerns about the executive board discussing the independent consultants report over the site before the scrutiny process has taken place.
Cllr Leonard said: "They will probably put the 'for sale' board up then decide at the executive board whether it is a viable option or not.
"It will be another waste of rate payer's money before even dealing with the scrutiny issue.
"It is a horse and cart issue - doing just as they want to like they always do."